George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

Student Engagement

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

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.

Fish leaping out of a school of fish into a bigger body of water

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.

A photo of an elementary-school boy in front of a green chalkboard, smiling.

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.

Girl sitting with two boys smiling at the camera

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.

Graphic of a wide-eyed owl

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

Last comment 1 day 17 hours ago
46 24,717 250,416 views

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Last comment 1 day 8 hours ago
205 191,462 1,734,962 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Last comment 17 hours 32 min ago
24 3,057 13,878 views

Why Making Is Essential to Learning

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 06:00
2 2,692 8,190 views

Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 06:00
1 157 2,063 views


Three teenagers and an adult are sitting around a table, looking at a lot of pins standing up in a pan, smiling.

Troubleshooting PBL

The perfect PBL experience is ever-changing, so be ready to ask questions, reflect, and revamp your approach while showing complete faith in your students' abilities.

2 545 2,502 views
A chest and head shot of two young teenage girls sitting next to each other and looking at the camera.

Wait, You're From Where? Integrating Third Culture Kids in Your Classroom

Third Culture Kids have spent years outside of their parents' culture. Learn the do's and don't of welcoming these sometimes "hidden immigrants" into your classroom.

10 571 7,963 views
A closeup of a young kid's face, smiling, with their chin perched on their desk next to an open textbook.

Routine, Ritual, and School Community

Build a positive school culture and climate for students and staff alike by creating expectations around constructive routines and fun rituals.

5 3,744 15,015 views
Two teenage girls are sitting at a small circular table with a textbook laid out, looking at a laptop. They're sitting next to a glass wall that looks out to the school parking lot.

Empowering Students to Change the World

By creating real-world projects with visible and positive outcomes, you can immerse your students in learning 21st-century skills while developing their sense of altruism.

5 794 5,460 views
A closeup of two teenage students sitting in a classroom, talking, smiling, and laughing, with other kids sitting and talking in the background.

Hypos: Real Engagement With Unreal Questions

Use hypothetical scenarios to help engage your students, efficiently apply knowledge, provide problem-solving exercises, build conflict-resolution skills, and reinforce study habits.

767 5,915 views
Two young women are squatting by a table in a classroom; one of them is reaching into a cardboard box that's part of a display.

3 PBL Practices to Empower Students

Empower students in PBL settings by framing the purpose for learning, intentionally structuring collaboration and choice, and using appropriate scaffolds for learning and revision.

3,210 13,650 views
A teenage girl is standing in a classroom, holding a piece of paper, speaking to a small group of people, while other students are grouped throughout the classroom.

Beyond Measure: The Revolution Starts Now

The film "Beyond Measure" highlights on-the-ground education reform already in progress, from a student-led alternative school in suburban Massachusetts to district-wide PBL adoption in rural Kentucky.

2 1,091 5,005 views



5 Ways to Empower Students

Teacher, student and blogger Adora Svitak explains how teachers can give students a more empowering role in their own education.

14 485 48,888 views
A black and white closeup of the back of a young man sitting at a long table towards the back of a classroom. He's looking toward the front of the classroom, and there's one other student sitting two tables ahead of him to the right.

Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

Not every student benefits from in-class participation, immediate answers, inflexible grading, or harsh consequences. Learn the nuances for those requiring deeper recognition and a lighter touch.

11 4,761 48,661 views

Neuroplasticity: Learning Physically Changes the Brain

How lessons and experiences can shape and grow your students' brains over time.

3 948 48,661 views
Digital Generation Project

The Digital Generation Project

Welcome to the Digital Generation Project. Edutopia's in-depth coverage of students from around the country reveals how young people are using new media to learn, communicate, and socialize in new and exciting ways.

132 48,661 views
Two young students wearing safety goggles; one pouring liquid into a beaker

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.

19 2,652 48,206 views
Boy at his locker outside hallway

Creating a Culture of Integrity in the Classroom

Students develop academic honesty when you build their moral vocabulary, respond appropriately to cheating, use meaningful quotes, and inspire them to believe in themselves.

8 6,568 47,979 views

The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron defines important brain terminology while providing a classroom scenario where a middle schooler's brain is hard at work.

3 1,329 47,751 views