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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.

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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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Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View

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5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom

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End the Year with the Best. Final. Ever.

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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.

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Emphasize Real Problems to Boost STEM Learning

Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.

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What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.

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Interactive Fiction in the Classroom

As a classroom tool, interactive fiction sharpens close reading and writing, and logical and critical thinking. It also reinforces systems and design thinking skills.

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4 Paths to Engaging Authentic Purpose and Audience

Give students a face for their audience and let them find the passion in their message through problem solving, advocacy, raising awareness, or publication.

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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

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"Fitting In" PBL

Read about how four teachers fit PBL into their curriculum through scalable projects that challenged and enriched students while meeting the standards.

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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.

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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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5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers five classroom end-of-the-year activities for engaging your graduating students.

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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

Misbehaving students might like you too much or be physically attracted. Maybe they want attention or want you to prove yourself. Be sensitive to underlying reasons.

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.

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Three Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis offers three practical strategies to build and nurture students' executive function -- critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making. (Updated 01/2014)

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