George Lucas Educational Foundation

Student Engagement

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

PrintPrint
  • 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.

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.

Discuss

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Last comment 3 weeks 5 hours ago
52 1,163 22,666 views

Beyond the Worksheet: Playsheets, GBL, and Gamification

Last comment 3 weeks 1 day ago
8 54 19,452 views

What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Collaboration

Last comment 3 weeks 1 day ago
2 324 9,300 views

In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 06:00
16 8,527 48,204 views

Genius Hour in Elementary School

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:00
3 9,470 43,329 views

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 11:30
105 1,442 439,160 views

Browse

Three young boys are sitting on a couch in their classroom, reading.
Article

12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading

Nurturing a love for reading begins with providing reasons for reading and getting students excited about books.

11 7,163 35,417 views
A large group of pre-teens are sitting on the floor of a large multipurpose room, smiling and laughing. Eleven chairs are lined up against the brown paneled, back wall, and three teachers are sitting in them.
Article

Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

As tweens enter a period of rapid prefrontal cortex development, familiarize them with their growing executive function skills by teaching time management and organizing information.

5 1,003 25,838 views
A high school student is sitting across a table from an adult in a library, and they're talking to each other. There are bookshelves against the wall behind them, as well as another table, and students sitting at desks.
Article

Conversing, Consulting, and Creating

Through quick, deep, frequent conversations, teachers can understand students' ideas and support their challenges, act as a guide, and help identify models and sources of inspiration.

8 1,018 6,654 views
Two young students are sitting in chairs against the wall with a whiteboard behind them. They're reading a book to the rest of the class who are sitting on the carpeted floor in front of them.
Article

Young Storytellers: The Tale Begins

Engaging children in the storytelling arts can easily enhance curriculum and social-emotional learning while building confidence and strengthening the school community.

27 2,296 views
photo of a boy with dirt project
Article

Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.

11 1,610 23,413 views
A closeup of two pairs of hands making something out of legos and tin foil over a desk, laptop, and red, yellow, and black wires.
Article

Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

Teaching robotics to elementary students can enhance sensory learning, improve socialization, provide opportunities for hands-on innovation, and raise the level of rigor.

23 2,575 19,601 views
A group of ten high school students are in a library sitting at tables and talking to each other.
Article

Timely Feedback: Now or Never

Feedback is necessary for learning. Be constructive, kind, and specific. Find strategies for responding promptly to student work, and give them opportunities to reflect before revising.  

7 150 15,462 views

Pages

A closeup of a teenage boy sitting by himself in a cafeteria, dressed in a blue button up shirt, tie, and suit jacket, looking directly at the camera.
Article

4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

Harley Center shares how relationships, humor, choice, and displaying his work engaged him, plus his three-minute video highlighting student work and personalized learning.

2 1,881 51,027 views
Article

Beyond Q+A: Six Strategies That Motivate ALL Students to Participate

Teacher and author Maddie Witter offers six strategies to increase student participation - especially among those students who are generally too shy or withdrawn to speak up.

15 2,376 50,116 views
article

Common Ground: Teaching Kids the Benefits Of Working Together

Cooperative learning helps create the essential skill of working (and compromising) within a group.

68 49,831 views
Article

Gamification in Education

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis and her high school students are exploring what makes games effective for classroom use. As of this blog, they've come up with six essential elements, but their task is far from complete.

11 889 49,826 views
Article

Promoting a Culture of Learning

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick proposes using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model - show them, help them, let them - as an authentic means for creating and promoting a culture of learning in your classroom.

10 1,535 49,314 views
Classroom Management Tricks of the Trade: Handshake Q&A
video

Tricks of the Trade: Classroom Management Tips for Teachers (Video Playlist)

A compilation of short videos where educators share how to keep it all together in class.

2 215 48,861 views
How to Encourage Collaborative Lesson Planning
Article

There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Tips for Collaborative Planning

Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.

3,446 48,666 views

Pages