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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Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

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Kitchen Table Connections (or 5 Ideas to Re-Envision Homework)

Rather than mindless or irrelevant busywork, homework should invite students to learn what they can from their home life and take it back to school.

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Middle School Maker Journey: First Month's Reflections

In part four of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reflects on month #1 in a middle school makerspace, reviewing assumptions, what's going well, and what could be better.

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Financial Literacy: Make the Money "Real"

To make money less of an abstract concept, give students hands-on financial literacy experiences through simulations, games, and real-world entrepreneurial projects.

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Four Steps to Strategic Encouragement

Check out these strategies and steps for starting early with young students in creating a love of learning and learning successes.

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Leverage Inquiry Projects to Combat Bullying

Inquiry projects can get students to examine the causes and consequences of bullying and encourage them to generate their own solutions for change.

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Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

Adolescents learn more easily when they feel heard, understood, and cared about. Teachers should see teen reactions and attitudes through the lens of behavioral development.

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Brain Labs: A Place to Enliven Learning

If your school had a student-friendly environment for teaching children about metacognition, children could develop their skills in self-reflection, paying attention, emotional regulation, and cognitive flexibility.

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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.

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Should You Flip Your Classroom?

There is a lot of buzz around the flipped-classroom model. Blogger and AP Chemistry Ramsay Musallam covers the pros and cons and offers a framework to help you consider whether flipping is the approach for your classroom.

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What is "Authentic" Assessment?

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts relevant and...

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Powerful Classroom Lessons: It All Begins With the Hook

The lure or hook when introducing new learning to students matters more than we think.

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Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

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

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Using Music in the Elementary Classroom (Warning: It May Get Loud)

Classroom-tested song recommendations for a wide variety of activities -- from clean-up time, to art or free activities, to cursive writing.

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Learning Centers in the Secondary Classroom

Learning centers diversify student experience, encourage student voice, leverage available resources, and give teachers built-in opportunities for formative assessment and critical one-on-one conversations.

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