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Student Engagement

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas.

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Children in Charge: Successful Self-Directed Learning Strategies

Programs like Hands On Technologies, Villa Monte, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship demonstrate the positive outcomes of letting children choose their own learning paths.

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.

Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn throughout the year is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, links, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for retaining their attention.

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

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The Digital Lives of Teens: Revolutionary "Bliss"?

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Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

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Ending on an Upswing

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano holds his students' attention during the final weeks of the year with passion-based learning focused on favorite pieces of curriculum, picnic-based learning under a tree, and poetry-based learning through music...

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Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways to beat learning loss this summer such as creating an online forum where students post book reviews.

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A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments

Guest blogger Jennifer Bernstein, college professor and application coach for high school students, writes about preparing students for those admissions essays by leading them to examine the value of their experiences and accomplishments.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 2

In this series on deeper learning, Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz describes his high school's College Success Portfolio and presents a video featuring an interview with two seniors from the school.

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Education consultant and guest blogger John McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow...

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6 Baseball-Themed Classroom Activities for the World Series

Explore some resources for using the World Series to bring history, math, social studies, music, and visual arts to your classroom.

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Beyond Student Engagement: Achieving a State of Flow

Blogger Elena Aguilar encourages teachers to engage students on a deeper level.

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Five Books That Have Influenced My Teaching

Computer teacher and blogger Mary Beth Hertz recommends some of her favorite books for some holiday reading.

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Grand Slam: Performance Poetry Engages Students
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Grand Slam: Performance Poetry Engages Students

Global Writes, a Bronx-based nonprofit, helps students reach new heights in literacy and life through live poetry competitions.

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Schools Use Games for Learning and Assessment
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Schools Use Games for Learning and Assessment

Computer simulations are natural learning tools for a generation of video game players.

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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.

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Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model

Blogger and education professor Rebecca Alber proposes five activities for gaining knowledge about your students' strengths, interests, and hidden talents.

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