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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 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.


Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

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Middle School Maker Journey: First Month's Reflections

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Creating Safe, Strength-Based Classrooms

Strengthen students' learning through trust by recognizing and honoring their social, emotional, and developmental needs with rituals, variations, and an honest, respectful approach.

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Using New Technology to Rediscover Traditional Ways of Learning

Digital technology such as tablets can help teachers and students rediscover traditional ways of learning by using touch, movement, sound, and visuality.

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A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup

A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.

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Classroom Management: 3 Important Big-Picture Questions

Before getting into the minutiae of classroom management, consider how you organize your space, what learning looks like, and how you're building relationships with families.

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Starting the School Year With a Party

Check out how to make diagnostic testing fun and how pep talks can help launch a success academic year for students.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions
Schools That Work

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.

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International Baccalaureate: Identifying and Encouraging Genius

The IB's Primary and Middle Years Programs let students pursue their interests and develop their collaborative, thinking, and problem-solving skills within a rigorous academic framework.

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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

Blogger Elena Aguilar explains why poetry, and literature, play crucial curricular roles in our schools.

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Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

Blogger and PBL specialist Andrew Miller offers an array of creative suggestions for using Quick Response codes in the classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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Student-Centered Learning Environments: How and Why

Guest blogger Paul Bogdan shares a collection of resources to develop student-centered learning environments. (Updated 01/2014)

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Back to School: 3 Question Activities to Connect Students

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias describes three classroom activities for team and trust building with students.

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.

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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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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.

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