Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.
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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.
Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz considers the problem of digital distraction in school, the dividing line between mobile devices helping and harming student performance, and the good-sense policy of teaching self-management skills.
Guest blogger Shani Leader, an art teacher at High Tech High, describes how her students' fascination with graffiti opened the way to a multidisciplinary project incorporating fine arts, social science, language arts and technology.
Guest blogger Heidi A. Olinger, STEAM teacher and social entrepreneur, gives an insightful strategy for learning about what students value and then teaching in ways that will engage them by appealing to those values.
Guest blogger Alicia Iannucci, a math teacher at Quest to Learn, explains Caterpillar, a game she developed to teach her sixth graders about probability and statistics, as well as the fun real-world skill of game modding.
Guest blogger David Cutler suggests that classic superheroes and the medium of comic books can engage students as well as (or better than) more traditional texts in teaching plotting, character development and U.S. history.