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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.


Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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Points, Champions, and Leveling Up: A Different Classroom "eXPerience"

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

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Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.

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Teacher-Less Field Trips: Classroom Extension Made Easy

When you offer students extra credit to take field trips without you, you give them agency to bring related classroom content alive in new ways.

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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

While gifted students might excel in certain areas, we must differentiate their learning to address other academic areas along with their social and emotional needs.

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Classroom Connections: Arts Integration Up Close

Bob Lenz profiles how a California elementary school used music, dance, and visual arts to connect the content-learning in all its classrooms.

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Building the Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams

Why not encourage and inspire students in constructive engagement by building creative thinking into the very design and tools of their classroom environment?

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.

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6 Reasons Why Puppets Will Change Your Classroom Forever

Puppet-based learning teaches students design thinking, growth mindset, writing, how to work in sharable media, and how to approach learning without fear. Plus, it's fun!

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

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Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary to Elementary Students

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo believes that using words in context and modeling inquisitiveness around words is the way to go. (Updated 01/2014)

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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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New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

Do you have more than 30 students? Check out these strategies for keeping a large group of kids engaged and managed.

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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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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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