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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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How to Keep Classroom Sleepers Awake

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Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn

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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

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A Celebration of Learning

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson reflects on the importance of celebrating student learning often.

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Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick looks at the more frustrating aspects of student academic behavior, suggesting these are symptoms of an insecurity that can be treated by promoting self-awareness and metacognition.

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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16 Resources for National Poetry Month

Guest Blogger Marc Anderson, a tech-based ELL specialist, gives us an online tour of 16 favorite resources for teaching poetry in the classroom, with offerings from internationally acclaimed poets, student poets, and everything in between.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM

Looking for ways to engage girls in science, technology, engineering and math? Edutopia's VideoAmy has collected resources and videos that offer inspiration for supporting girls in STEM.

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8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.

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The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone?
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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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Resources and Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy

Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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Gamifying Student Engagement

Social studies teacher and ed tech adjunct Matthew Farber outlines the basics of gamification and suggests how they can be used to engage students in a game-centric world.

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Siphoning the Fumes of Teen Culture: How to Co-opt Students’ Favorite Social Media Tools

Todd Finley defines social media as the new frontier, and adolescents are the early frontierspersons. He includes ten tips for adding social media tools into the classroom.

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A Guide to Game-Based Learning

A quick look at game modalities can help you approach game-based learning via single- or multiplayer, one-time or persistent, game or simulation . . .

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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

Teacher, blogger and book evangelist Sarah Gross describes how, by introducing her students to infographics and applying this medium to their own reading history, she inspired them to fall in love with books

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