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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Student Engagement

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

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.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.

Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

There's four areas that matter most to job satisfaction and productivity teachers can apply to their own work -- and to the lessons they design for students.

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

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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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

Are students ready for the homework you give them? Consider assigning less of it, letting students choose assignments, and using it for review and assessment.

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How to Encourage Collaborative Lesson Planning
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There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning

Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.

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Reflection, Conversation, and Socratic Spaces

Deepen students' reflective process by offering them different perspectives from which they can empathize, ask questions, and relate the answers to the world they know.

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.

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Make It Matter: Teach Justice

Students lack experience yet have valid perspectives about bettering their world. They learn when we give them agency to start working toward those changes.

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Should You Flip Your Classroom?

There is a lot of buzz around the flipped-classroom model. Blogger and AP Chemistry Ramsay Musallam covers the pros and cons and offers a framework to help you consider whether flipping is the approach for your classroom.

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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 keeping them engaged in learning.

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Project-Based Learning: An Overview
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Project-Based Learning: An Overview

Seymour Papert, a distinguished professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is among a growing group of scholars who support project-based learning.

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How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged?

Blogger Ben Johnson defines student engagement and describes what it looks like in the classroom.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Guest blogger Alfred Posamentier, Dean of Mercy College's School of Education, presents nine intrinsic motivation strategies for engaging students in secondary math classes.

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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

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Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Your Students

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano believes there's more to teaching than dispensing curriculum, and he shares three practices that lead students and their families to trust him on a personal level.

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