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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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking

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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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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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Summer Reading Recommendations: A Dive Into Young Adult Fiction

Check out these young adult fiction page-turners -- and then recommend them to your own kids or the students you teach.

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SEL Is Good Teaching

If you're engaging all students in classroom discussions, offering them responsibility and choice, and communicating with warmth and support, you may already be teaching SEL.

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Politics: The Great Pumpkin

Discussing politics is often considered a social risk, but it's possible in the classroom by separating out the candidates, issues, process, and outcome.

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5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

Here are five reasons to motivate students to read more. One reason: Reading makes you smarter and a better writer. 

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Using the Rule of Three for Learning

The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be given the opportunity to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it.

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4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement

Spend the first five minutes of each class focusing on your students as people. Then keep them engaged through the agency of makerspaces, PBL, or Genius Hour/20 Time.

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3 Ways to Be Less Boring

To avoid turning into that boring teacher, try waiting longer for student responses, teaching "do not call on me" signals, and enjoying these young people for who they are.

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Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced

Research suggests that while homework can be an effective learning tool, assigning too much can lower student performance and interfere with other important activities.

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Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. They include critical pedagogy and using technology to dub new audio into existing video.

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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, explain how the brain processes auditory information and introduce the HEAR strategy as a way to help students develop their listening skills.

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How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success

Encouraging students to reach out to each other to solve problems and share knowledge builds collaborative skills and leads to deeper learning at The College Preparatory School.

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How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

A master teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, establishes a cooperative-learning environment in an upper-elementary classroom.

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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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