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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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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

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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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In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

Language classes often don't focus on the aspect of learning a language that intrigues students most -- speaking it. We should get students talking more.

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Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work

Because students bring a broad variety of needs and emotions, start class with bell work that engages their working memory and sets the tone for positive, productive learning.

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Matching Student Resources With Student Experiences

Students of color deserve educational materials that better represent their group identities and honor their individuality to include and engage them in their learning experience.

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Six young girls in uniform -- a blue skirt, white button up shirt, and a red blouse -- are all playing either the tuba or trumpet.

The Magnet Program: From Integration to Innovation

An outgrowth of school integration in the '60s, magnet schools remain models of progressive education, featuring learning themes, diversity, innovative curriculum, rigor, and community involvement.

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Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

Here's an old-school interactive tool: a spiral-bound notebook set up as a simple, functional system for students to create, write, and explore ideas all in the same place.

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Three young, elementary-aged students are sitting at a classroom table building windmills out of cardboard and colorful popsicle sticks and styrofoam.

Change It Up With Integrated Learning Day

Real life doesn't happen in 42-minute periods, so give your students a day of interdisciplinary collaboration -- and enrich your curriculum along the way.

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Creating an Ecology of Wonder

From modeling curiosity to exploring big questions, check out these five tips for using art to cultivate imagination and wonder in your classroom.

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Guest blogger Alfred Posamentier, Dean of Mercy College's School of Education, presents nine intrinsic motivation strategies for engaging students in secondary math classes.

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

Guest blogger Josh Work shares five techniques for dealing with middle school students who present ongoing discipline issues. His underlying theme is recognizing these kids as adolescents seeking ways to cope with stress or complicated lives.

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Motivating the Unmotivated

A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

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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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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

Consider one of these six engaging and creative student projects to wrap of the school year.

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22 Powerful Closure Activities

Closure ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, so make it fun. Students will better retain information reinforced with music, movement, art, or play.

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