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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4 Steps to Better Writers

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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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From Management to Engagement

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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

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Voice and Choice: It’s More Than Just "What"

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Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.

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10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading

Re-energize your student readers with these super-smart, tech-savvy learning stations.

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Conquering the Multitasking Brain Drain

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking interferes with the quality of learning. These suggestions can help students recognize that scattered focus isn't their friend during homework time.

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Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd

Laughter, risk, and novelty stimulate the teenage brain. Make these elements work for you by incorporating the strategies and rhythms of stand-up comedy into your teaching.

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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Introduce game dynamics like leveling up and earning badges into your classroom to boost student engagement.

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Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.

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Myth-Busting: "If I Just Had Better Students"

How to avoid falling into the trap of thinking student success has only to do with the students.

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Motivating the Unmotivated

A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

Guest blogger David Cutler, a history, government and journalism teacher, asks us to face the music about whether or not listening our favorite tunes while studying actually helps our concentration.

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

Consider one of these six engaging and creative student projects to wrap of the school year.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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