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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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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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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

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Co-Use and Technology: A Magic Mix

Through student-to-teacher, student-to-student, and student-to-parent interactions, you can expand the 1:1 model to enhance the learning benefits of digital devices.

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Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

Find information, strategies, protocols, and tools to promote curiosity and engage students in asking questions, thinking critically, and solving problems.

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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.

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Dialogue Defibrillators: Jump-Start Classroom Discussions!

Here are eight remedies for classroom participation issues like fuzzy questions, introverted students, lack of focus, social threat, boredom, sleepiness, cognitive load, and wait time.

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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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When We Listen to Students

If you want to know how to reach, engage, and best teach your students, ask them. Here are example questions and tips on how to ask them.

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4 Approaches to Building Positive Community in Any Classroom

All students want to feel part of their classroom community. Here are four activities to help them feel welcomed and comfortable.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Teachers can inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

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Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.

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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning
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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

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Ten Simple Strategies for Re-engaging Students

Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares some ideas for jump-starting a tired classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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