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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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Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Middle School Maker Journey: Everything's Going Well . . . We Think

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Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom

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Timely Feedback: Now or Never

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5 Tips for Creating Real Rapport With Your Students

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Using Digital Games for SEL Assessment and Skill Building

Digital games can provide students with situations that allow them to tackle challenges and situations that call upon their social-emotional skills.

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Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom

Apps can help diverse learners by gamifying their tasks, coaching them on social cues, prioritizing their time, strengthening their math skills, and sharpening their language abilities.

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100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom

After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.

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Classroom Redesign: Students Take On the Challenge

In education, we talk a lot about differentiating our lessons, but choice and arrangement of seating can also have a positive influence on learning.

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Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World

Promote global collaborations among classrooms of the world by involving students in creating their learning space and connecting physical and virtual learning spaces.

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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.

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Make Fuzzy Concepts Clear With Tech

When a Sphero robot engaged students' empathy about Depression-era migrants, one teacher realized how using technology can help open young minds to abstract concepts.

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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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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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The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for managing middle school kids.

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Ten Simple Strategies for Re-engaging Students

Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares some ideas for jump-starting a tired classroom. (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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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Teachers can inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

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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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