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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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

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Hoist the Sails: The Great Quest for a Play-Based Classroom

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.

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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Keeping Assessment Relevant and "Authentic"
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Keeping It Relevant and "Authentic"

Mistakes become learning opportunities in Ben Mook's 7th grade Algebra class. To assess his students, Mook challenges them to solve real life problems, and emphasizes their thought processes over getting the right answers.

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How to Encourage Collaborative Lesson Planning
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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.

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.

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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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Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom

A teacher shares how she gamified classroom learning (including turning assignments into quests, and encouraging students to mod them), along with what worked and what didn't.

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