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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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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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How to Trust Your Students

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

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4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

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Building Community With Attendance Questions

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Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

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4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

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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.

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Getting Started With Self-Organized Learning Environments

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

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The Student-Centered Math Class

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

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Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

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

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Thinkering Studio: Supporting Self-Directed Learning
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Thinkering Studio: Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Watch students take charge of their project-based learning, by creating their own learning goals and identifying resources beyond their teacher.

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Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

Six brain-based strategies to help kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder build confidence, engagement, and focus.

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Sharing the Depth of Knowledge Wheel With Students

Many teachers use Norman Webb’s framework in developing assignments, but it can also be shared with students to help them develop literacy skills.

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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.

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5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers five classroom end-of-the-year activities for engaging your graduating students.

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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

Blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some great ideas for connecting with students just learning English.

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" My experience is that good teachers care about students. Good teachers know the content and know how to explain it. Good teachers expect and demand high...

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another...

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3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Your Students

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano believes there's more to teaching than dispensing curriculum, and he shares three practices that lead students and their families to trust him on a personal level.

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Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.

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