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.

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.

Discuss

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

Last comment 4 days 23 hours ago
52 5,657 120,340 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Last comment 1 day 23 hours ago
32 1,129 15,448 views

5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

Last comment 1 week 6 hours ago
10 236 13,205 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:00
32 1,129 15,448 views

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:00
7 755 51,326 views

Getting Started With Self-Organized Learning Environments

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 06:00
2 213 2,100 views

Browse

A chest and head shot of two young teenage girls sitting next to each other and looking at the camera.
Article

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.

10 127 8,720 views
A closeup of a young kid's face, smiling, with their chin perched on their desk next to an open textbook.
Article

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.

5 293 14,949 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.
Article

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.

4 123 6,229 views
A closeup of two teenage students sitting in a classroom, talking, smiling, and laughing, with other kids sitting and talking in the background.
Article

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.

68 6,478 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.
Article

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.

75 13,704 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.
Article

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 46 5,731 views
A boy and two girls sitting together talking about the project they're working on
Schools That Work

"I Wonder" Questions: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry

By encouraging students' wonder and recording their "I Wonder" questions, teachers can view those questions holistically and use them to develop lessons and projects that will harness student curiosity.

4 492 33,885 views

Pages

An illustration of the circuits firing in a young person's brain.
Article

Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

Six brain-based strategies to help kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder build confidence, engagement, and focus.

5 6,714 41,807 views
A young girl is standing at the front of a classroom holding a collage that represents the life cycle of a butterfly. She's presenting on it to her class.
Article

Using the Rule of Three for Learning

The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be given the opportunity to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it.

11 2,084 40,861 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 1,531 40,861 views
Illio of a red apple with a pencil arrow through the middle
Article

A New Must-Read for All Educators

Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.

6 704 40,612 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.

10 883 40,612 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 1,208 40,612 views
Two boys working with paper and scissors
Article

Creativity in the Classroom

In a testing-driven environment, it's critical that we foster student creativity in the classroom, whether through open-ended projects, 20 percent time, or team-building activities.

2 1,208 40,114 views

Pages