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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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

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Scaffolding Grit

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What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

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Encouraging Students to Own Their Work

Bringing choice into your classroom helps you give your students chances to create work that matters to them.

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Review Overload and How to Keep Content Fresh

With so much time now spent reviewing for tests, here are five ways to improve the quality of both instruction and assessment in your classroom.

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The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.

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3 Types of Unintentional Learning (And How to Make Them Intentional)

You can plan for soft skills, what's on your walls, and even teachable moments.

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Where Do Introverts Fit Into Group Work?

Striking the right balance between group and independent work isn’t easy.

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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is no small task. This list of articles, videos, and other resources offers strategies and advice that can help.

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Nobel Laureates Can Teach Kids to Persevere

Nobel Prize winners show kids the role of failure in learning and demonstrate that there is no single recipe for creativity.

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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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Great Teachers Don't Teach

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

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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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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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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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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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