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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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

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Using Magic to Transform Student Lives

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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

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From Management to Engagement

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Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World

Promote global collaborations among classrooms of the world by involving students in creating their learning space and connecting physical and virtual learning spaces.

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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.

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Make Fuzzy Concepts Clear With Tech

When a Sphero robot engaged students' empathy about Depression-era migrants, one teacher realized how using technology can help open young minds to abstract concepts.

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How Games Can Extend Learning After the Bell

Games can provide ideal conditions for informal learning. Strong, immersive engagement means that students may not require (or desire) a classroom setting for learning.

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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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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment.

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5 More Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom

Here are five more ways to rearrange students across the usual groupings and grade levels while differentiating, hitting the standards, ensuring proficiency, and boosting engagement.

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Creating Makerspaces in Schools

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz reports from EdCamp NYC about design thinking, the maker movement and their relevance to STEM curriculum.

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Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through "Making"

Former engineering professor and executive director of the Maker Education Initiative describes how the Maker Movement is engaging STEM students in new ways.

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Research-Supported PBL Practices

At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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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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4 Free Web Tools to Boost Student Engagement

Guest blogger Nicolas Pino James, a teacher researcher focused on effective learning and teaching, suggests four motivational tool technologies for engaging students with course material in and out of class: myBrainshark, PosterMyWall, Screencast-o-matic and...

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Embracing Messy Learning

Guest blogger Joshua Block, a high school humanities teacher, explains how student confusion and frustration aren't necessarily a reflection of your teaching skills, but rather an integral part of any authentic learning experience.

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