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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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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How to Trust Your Students

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

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4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

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Secret Admirers and Classroom Management

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Building Community With Attendance Questions

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Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

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Genius Hour in Elementary School

A teacher shares what she did and what she learned when she implemented Genius Hour in her fifth-grade class.

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5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

Formative assessment is a snap with games and other tools that let you see how students answer questions and review material.

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Start the Year With Collaboration

Try these effective strategies for having students participate in group work from the very beginning of the school year.

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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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22 Powerful Closure Activities

Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression. Like contracting your bicep at the top of a dumbbell curl, closure squeezes an extra oomph into a...

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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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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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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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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.

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Dos & Don’ts for Teaching English Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, 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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