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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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Student Learning Groups: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

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Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma

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The Adolescent Brain: Leaving Childhood Behind

In her final post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels suggests how educators can ease adolescent students' transition as their maturing brains redefine purpose and identity.

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Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms

Collaborative and whole-group activities in a 1:1 classroom can help build real-time people skills despite (and because of) the technology in students' hands.

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Contagious Emotions and Responding to Stress

In her fourth post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels helps us diffuse students' stressful emotions through distancing, validating feelings, and choosing appropriate consequences.

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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6 Playful Learning Games at Toy Fair

Whether you're teaching about molecular arrangements or parts of speech, consider using games that put playfulness ahead of content delivery, because that's where mastery happens.

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Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture?

Follow the process as psychology and architecture classes join forces to design and build furniture for their high school's new learning spaces.

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How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School

To implement SEL at your school, use these seven activities to help students build self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

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Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

To help combat summer learning loss, Matt Davis has curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break. 

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.

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Your Lesson's First Five Minutes: Make Them Grand

Educator, author and blogger Rick Curwin explains why and how to grab your students' attention for the first five minutes of each lesson.

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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

Educator and school psychologist Allen Mendler suggests a constructive way for teachers to avoid a power struggle with that attention-seeking student.

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

Along with physical strength, a little exercise helps kids build brainpower.

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Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning

Key strategies to ensure student engagement include being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect.

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find it.

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