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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.

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.

Student Passion and TEDx Talks

Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.

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.

Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.

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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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

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How Creative Writing Boosts Students Academically

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A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments

Guest blogger Jennifer Bernstein, college professor and application coach for high school students, writes about preparing students for those admissions essays by leading them to examine the value of their experiences and accomplishments.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 2

In this series on deeper learning, Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz describes his high school's College Success Portfolio and presents a video featuring an interview with two seniors from the school.

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland introduces the backchannel as a tech integration strategy for keeping students engaged in the classroom - all students, not just the ones who are always raising their hands or speaking out.

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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Education consultant and guest blogger John McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow...

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

Guest blogger Josh Work shares five techniques for dealing with middle school students who present ongoing discipline issues. His underlying theme is recognizing these kids as adolescents seeking ways to cope with stress or complicated lives.

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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

Educator and school psychologist Allen Mendler suggests a constructive way for teachers to avoid a power struggle with that attention-seeking student.

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Apps in the Elementary Classroom

Blogger Mary Beth Hertz looks at the role of educational apps for younger students and suggests ways of bringing these programs into the classroom.

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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Tech staff developer and education author A.J. Juliani introduces 20% time, a variation on the traditional class schedule that allows students to follow their passions.

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Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom

As the school year begins, it's important for teachers to remember the difference between rules and routines in the classroom.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.

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Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

Ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help.

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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

Guest blogger and master teaching specialist Margaret Regan describes three strategies that can promote independent thinking in classrooms.

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