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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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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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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

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Beyond the Worksheet: Playsheets, GBL, and Gamification

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

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Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

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3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking

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Generating Effective Questions

Four ways to come up with questions that guide students to engage deeply with class content. Plus: a pop quiz for you.

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Student Athletes Have Audiences. Why Don’t Student Writers?

When students share their writing with an authentic audience, they raise their game.

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Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

Video chats with published writers will inspire your students to read and write more.

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Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content
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Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content

At Pittsfield Middle High School, students choose how they will show what they have learned.

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The Site Council: Empowering Students Through School Governance
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The Site Council: Empowering Students Through School Governance

Students have the majority vote on deciding school policy.

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A Town Helps Transform Its School

A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.

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Motivating Students to Read

Asking students to give monologues in character and reading aloud to them are just two ways you can encourage them to read.

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me...

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus...

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Because of pressure to teach bell-to-bell -- the pedagogical equivalent of force-feeding geese to make foie gras -- many classrooms now start with bell work, short exercises that students complete while the instructor attends to attendance and other...

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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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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Larry Ferlazzo discusses practical classroom strategies to reinforce four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.

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Do’s & Don’ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.

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