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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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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Making Connections One Student at a Time

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How to Keep Classroom Sleepers Awake

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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Humor activates the brain's dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.

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The Importance of a Classroom Library

An appealing, inspiring collection of books, regardless of content area, is a crucial literacy tool that every teacher should have in the classroom.

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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A Path Appears: Awareness, Engagement, and Action

A documentary series examining human trafficking and youth empowerment can raise students' awareness of national and global humanitarian crises, inspiring them to engage and act.

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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

When schools nurture student creativity, they foster inquisitiveness, persistence, imagination, discipline, and collaboration, leading to improved classroom behavior, motivation, attendance, and academic attainment.

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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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Five-Minute Film Festival: April Fool's Day!

April Fool's Day has a long history of pranks and hoaxes, both large and small. Check out this playlist of fun videos to get your inner trickster laughing.

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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Guest blogger Joe Hirsch, teacher leader and curriculum developer, describes the jigsaw method of cooperative learning and how it naturally builds empathy as students rely on each other to share pieces of a bigger picture.

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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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Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin talks about how to believe in challenged and challenging students, and how your belief can change their academic experience.

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Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources

The Olympics get underway on February 7 -- and there are plenty of ways they can be used as a teaching tool. Here, blogger Matt Davis shares some great Winter Olympics-themed STEM resources for teachers.

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Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential

Deeper learning has some specific requirements, not the least of which is collaboration. Ben Johnson shares some tips to establish cross-curricular collaboration even in the most isolated of environments.

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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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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, explain how the brain processes auditory information and introduce the HEAR strategy as a way to help students develop their listening skills.

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