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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for keeping them engaged in learning.

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6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math

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Using the Rule of Three for Learning

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.

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Middle School Maker Journey: The Making of a Mantra

In part eight of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reveals the power of a four-word design thinking mantra dominating the wall of his middle-school makerspace.

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Prioritizing: A Critical Executive Function

Lessons and units that teach students how to prioritize, plan, and persevere will exercise skills that help develop their executive function related to achieving long-term goals.

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Sharing the Connections That Students Value

In a youth culture that's all about sharing minutiae, teachers can develop a deeper relationship with students by sharing appropriate details from their own lives.

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QR Codes: Pushing the Narrative on Scannables

QR codes still have a place in the classroom, leveraging deeper learning by giving students the ability to access, curate, engage with, and share teacher-selected content.

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Motivating Successful Teamwork With Games

Launch your next student project with laughter through physical, team-building challenges like escaping the room without touching the lava field or cooperating in blindfolded dodgeball.

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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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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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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their 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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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.

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The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

Posing a question to the class, allowing for think time, and then calling on a student is one simple strategy for engaging students in better academic discourse. (Updated 10/2013)

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