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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.

Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

There's four areas that matter most to job satisfaction and productivity teachers can apply to their own work -- and to the lessons they design for students.

Prioritizing Student Voices

In order to find value in their learning, students need to find their voices. Teachers can encourage student participation by enabling rather than enforcing it.

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.

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.

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

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

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What is "Authentic" Assessment?

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Embracing Student Creativity With a Wonder Shelf

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Student Power!

If knowledge is power, and that power is now in the hands of students, shouldn't that change power relationships in schools?

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Teaching History Outside the Box

Guest blogger Dan Carlin, historian and podcaster, examines why history lessons often don't stick. With the help of a downloadable audio file, he suggests making history exciting by making it about subjects that matter to students.

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Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

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Beyond the Worksheet: Playsheets, GBL, and Gamification

Guest blogger Alice Keeler introduces playsheets, gamified worksheet apps that sweeten skill-and-drill by increasing student self-efficacy through the challenge-and-reward model they associate with a gaming environment.

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Summer Learning Through Film

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly suggests three foreign films - 'Whale Rider,' 'Please Vote for Me,' and 'Like Stars on Earth' - as fun starting points for globally-focused summer learning activities.

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Parents: Preventing Summer Slide (on a Budget)

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers up tips for parents, such as taking museum trips, to keep their children active and learning this summer.

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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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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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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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The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron defines important brain terminology while providing a classroom scenario where a middle schooler's brain is hard at work.

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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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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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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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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

Blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some great ideas for connecting with students just learning English.

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