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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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6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

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Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains

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The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

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Study: Humor Boosts Student Learning

Research shows that humor can improve retention of content, make lessons more interesting, reduce stress, and boost test scores.

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Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

To help combat summer learning loss, Matt Davis has curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break. 

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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.

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Turning Summer Reading Loss Into Learning Gain

This summer, have your students make their reading meaningful by thoughtfully applying what they learn to areas of their life that matter to them.

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More Heart, More Art Through STEAM

Putting the A in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) is often treated as an afterthought. Yet, art has always played a major role in helping us expand and appreciate new science technologies.

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Help Students Beat the "Summer Slide" in ELA

Discover eight ways for teachers to help prevent summer learning loss in English language arts -- including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

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Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable. Teach your students how to care, lose their fears, and identify and overcome their obstacles.

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Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency
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Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency

At University Park Campus School, students learn through group work that they have something to contribute.

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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