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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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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.


Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Motivating the Unmotivated

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In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

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Empowering Students to Change the World

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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

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Gifts That Last a Lifetime

As we gear up for another new year, it's worth reflecting on the many gifts that teachers share on a daily basis.

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Encouraging Neurodiversity in Your Makerspace or Classroom

While students with neurological differences face daily challenges, they bring unique qualities of focus, nonlinear thinking, recall, and brainstorming enthusiasm to a makerspace or classroom.

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The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons multisensory, we can make learning easier for our students.

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The Problems and Promise of Educational Change

Two films and a book about educational change illustrate the pitfalls of top-down initiatives and the magic of everyday stakeholders getting a chance to make a difference.

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

Encourage small-group effectiveness by clarifying the task, focusing on production, modeling successful behavior, monitoring progress, time, and noise, and building community.

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Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement

Asking students to write you a weekly letter helps you answer their questions, coach them on ELA skills, and learn more about them as people.

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How to Engage Your Students With No-Cost Technology

Online 3D scans give students close-up views of historical artifacts and natural wonders, all without the cost and tactical considerations of a field trip.

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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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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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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its tech-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.

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Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute

With clear goals, timed exercises, and games, parents can help design home-study habits by tailoring them to their students' visual, kinesthetic, musical, or social strengths.

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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

While gifted students might excel in certain areas, we must differentiate their learning to address other academic areas along with their social and emotional needs.

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Should You Flip Your Classroom?

There is a lot of buzz around the flipped-classroom model. Blogger and AP Chemistry Ramsay Musallam covers the pros and cons and offers a framework to help you consider whether flipping is the approach for your classroom.

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