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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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Fire Up Your Class With Student-Interest Surveys

What interests your students? Ask them, and then incorporate it into your curriculum. These tips will get you started.

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and...

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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousands of times -- at least. Some have been boring,...

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Project-Based Learning in Colombia

An American educator reports on how the South American nation is using PBL.

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A Solution for Student Disengagement

Tap students’ leadership potential to help them form strong bonds with each other and with their school.

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Bringing Poetry Outside

See how one teacher encourages his school to join together and enjoy a spring day with poetry.

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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action
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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action

Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.

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Do’s & Don’ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger 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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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

When Sigmund Freud reportedly said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," the key word was "sometimes," because sometimes a cigar is more than a cigar. So it is with understanding misbehavior. Sometimes the reason for misbehavior is very different than the...

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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousands of times -- at least. Some have been boring, stifling or...

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

It's conventional wisdom that different types of instruction require different seating arrangements. It's also a no-brainer that classrooms should be inviting, environments that make students feel good to be there. Unfortunately, over the years I've visited...

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.

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Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by good behavior (i.e. behavioral engagement), positive feelings (i.e. emotional engagement), and, above all,...

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