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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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

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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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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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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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Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

From PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Check out these important strategies for creating an inclusive learning space that also challenges students with rigorous thinking and projects.

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

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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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