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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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Conversing, Consulting, and Creating

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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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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Conversing, Consulting, and Creating

Through quick, deep, frequent conversations, teachers can understand students' ideas and support their challenges, act as a guide, and help identify models and sources of inspiration.

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Young Storytellers: The Tale Begins

Engaging children in the storytelling arts can easily enhance curriculum and social-emotional learning while building confidence and strengthening the school community.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

Teaching robotics to elementary students can enhance sensory learning, improve socialization, provide opportunities for hands-on innovation, and raise the level of rigor.

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Timely Feedback: Now or Never

Feedback is necessary for learning. Be constructive, kind, and specific. Find strategies for responding promptly to student work, and give them opportunities to reflect before revising.  

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Real-World Writing Examples: A Blogger Reveals His Secrets

Mark Phillips makes guest appearance as "the teacher's dad," sharing his writing process with his daughter's students and answering their questions about rhetorical strategy.

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Voice and Choice: It’s More Than Just "What"

Consider letting students decide what they want to study, who they want to work with, what outcomes they expect, and where and when they do their work.

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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 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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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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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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