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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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

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Strategies to Help Struggling Writers

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Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

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Do's & Don'ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

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Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.

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Engaging Parental Support for Smarter Thinking

Parents can help develop their children's executive function by modeling inquiry and reasoning, demonstrating real-world uses for what they learn in school, and creating an ideal study space.

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3 Ways to Be Less Boring

To avoid turning into that boring teacher, try waiting longer for student responses, teaching "do not call on me" signals, and enjoying these young people for who they are.

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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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Putting the FORM in Formative Assessment

Formative assessment works best when students understand what their learning looks like. Here are some guidelines for making it fun, organic, relevant, and meaningful.

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.

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Celebrate National Park Centennial With a Project

For teachers who want to start the year on a celebratory note, here’s an idea that’s rich with possibilities.

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Blogger Ben Johnson outlines constructivist and experiential teaching techniques that go beyond direct instruction.

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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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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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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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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Equation of Success: Top Ten Responsibilities that Students Must Own

Middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron says requiring students to take responsibility in their own academic success is an important part of the school reform equation. (Updated 01/2014)

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study and author intent.

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