George Lucas Educational Foundation

Student Engagement

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

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.

A photo of an elementary-school boy in front of a green chalkboard, smiling.

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.

Girl sitting with two boys smiling at the camera

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.

Discuss

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Last comment 3 days 8 hours ago
48 1,140 15,448 views

Student Learning Groups: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
31 263 164,690 views

Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma

Last comment 4 days 9 hours ago
38 167 32,390 views

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00
4 80 6,970 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:00
48 1,140 15,448 views

Tactics for Tackling the Grading Dilemma

Tue, 01/05/2010 - 11:38
38 167 32,390 views

Browse

Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement
Article

Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement

Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.

90
A boy works on a math problem.
Article

What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

Instead of a set of 20 questions, use this framework to have your students create their own homework based on their needs and interests.

4 2,115 7,877 views
Stylized illustration of a boombox
Article

Sparking Engagement With Hip-Hop

An introduction to a culturally responsive pedagogy, with examples of how to use hip-hop across the curriculum—including in math class.

3 227 2,041 views
A girl looks confidently at a math problem on the board.
Article

Bringing Joy to Math Class

Math doesn’t have to be tedious—see how one middle school math teacher encourages students to get excited about it.

5 1,160 9,445 views
A group of students collaborate on a project.
Article

Getting Started With Self-Organized Learning Environments

Tips for creating a more student-centered and collaborative classroom.

4 611 3,126 views
A group of young students work on a math problem on a whiteboard as the teacher watches.
Article

The Student-Centered Math Class

Transform your math instruction with three strategies you can start using today.

2,020 16,105 views
Confident students taking a test.
Article

Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

A neurologist shares ideas for beating stress before and during test time.

8 2,203 14,539 views

Pages

Article

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.

31 975 268,012 views
Article

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

Guest blogger Josh Work shares five techniques for dealing with middle school students who present ongoing discipline issues. His underlying theme is recognizing these kids as adolescents seeking ways to cope with stress or complicated lives.

74 2,042 253,066 views
photo of teacher in front of an engaged classroom
Article

6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

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

20 5,886 244,058 views
17 chairs are lined side-by-side in three rows facing the front of a classroom. At the front of the class, inches from the ceiling, a flat screen TV is attached to the wall. A countertop with drawers extends along the right side of the room.
Article

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.

34 23,828 238,632 views
Article

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.

27 6,046 236,246 views
Article

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.

36 2,505 236,063 views
Teacher wearing a shirt that says "Stir The Soul" standing in front of class reading to captivated students
Article

Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.

46 16,252 230,816 views

Pages