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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.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.

Resources on Engaging Student Voices

Explore resources related to recognizing and valuing student knowledge, input, and expertise and building student-centered learning environments where students make decisions about how learning happens.

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.

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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes

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Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

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The Agile Classroom

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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners

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"Come and Play, Everything's A-OK" in the Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom approach is founded on the idea that social-emotional growth and academic improvement are equally important and that learning occurs through social interaction.

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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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Goal Setting for the New School Year

Schools must help kids "build a self" through a range of opportunity and support accounting for both the big picture and the granular details.

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Classroom Management: Resource Roundup

Looking for information on guiding classroom communities, minimizing disruptions, and developing class routines to help students stay engaged and focused on learning? This resource collection is packed with useful tips, tools, and advice.

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Check out these important strategies for creating an inclusive learning space that also challenges students with rigorous thinking and projects.

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Want to Take Over My Class? Be My Guest!

With the guest journal exercise, a literary show-and-tell taps into students' passions, gives them agency, and helps develop their thinking on a variety of subjects.

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Boom-Bang Homework Assignments

Students are more likely to do homework if the assignments are engaging, relevant, and reasonable -- and if the teacher makes them accountable for it.

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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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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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Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom?

Blogger Rebecca Alber explains why using students' prior knowledge to guide instruction is key to learning.

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The Writing Workshop: A Valuable Tool for Differentiation and Formative Assessment (Guest Blog)

The writing workshop is a valuable framework in which differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and composition theory can develop students' critical literacy. (Guest blogger: Jennifer Sharpe)

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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

Blogger and middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron uses the 4 Cs from the Common Core standards to guide her when designing student assessments.

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Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville

At the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, in Gainesville, Georgia, students know exactly how they are smart.

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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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