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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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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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.

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"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.

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Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach

Instead of teaching coding, start with design thinking and empathy. Have students design a service-oriented app and then figure out how they can build it.

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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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Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares some creative ideas to make book reports more fun and meaningful for all types of learners (and teachers!).

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

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Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning

New research on educational neuroscience tells us how kids learn -- and how you should teach.

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5 Tips to Kick Start the School Year

Through podcasts, web pages, mailed invitations, a "Meat 'n' Greet," and a final email blast, you can build up your incoming students' back-to-school excitement.

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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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How Do You Handle Difficult Situations with Students?

A former principal, Ben Johnson explores ways to handle conflict when it arises between teacher and student in the classroom.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Students' First Impressions of "Digital Shop"

In part three of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett looks through his middle school students' eyes as they discover and begin exploring their school's new makerspace.

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