George Lucas Educational Foundation

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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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

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Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains

Optimism and pessimism are somewhat predetermined by genetics, but we can influence positive outcomes by helping students take charge of their thoughts, feelings, and brain chemistry.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

In part five of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett highlights the tools and systems that drive the excitement and invention in his middle school makerspace.

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Authenticity = Lifelong Learners

For students to care deeply about learning, provide significant content, the opportunity to apply real-world content skills, and an authentic purpose for a real-world need.

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Big Bucks, No Whammies: Classroom Management via TV Game Shows?

TV game shows and teaching have a lot in common. Both rely on positive reinforcement, encouraging students to make choices, and establishing familiar routines.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.

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3 Practices to Promote Equity in the Classroom

To engage all students equitably in classroom activities, track their participation with equity sticks or tally sheets, and restructure discussions so that everyone gets a turn.

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Strategies to Help Struggling Writers

Student writers often struggle because they lack connection with the assignment or an authentic audience. Relevant topics, blogging, and brainstorming with peers can remedy this.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Warm Demander: An Equity Approach

"Warm demander" teachers expect great things from their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them reach their potential in a disciplined, structured environment.

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