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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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

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Bringing Poetry Outside

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Enliven Class Discussions With Gallery Walks

From chalk talks to computer tours, learn how to engage your students in small-group and whole-class discussions.

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Burn Your Podium (and Other Hacks)

Put an end to sleeping in your classroom.

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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.

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Engage and Motivate Your Students Before the Holiday Break

Projects designed to embrace holiday and seasonal themes—and timed to coincide with the holiday schedule—can relieve pressure on the teacher, enthuse students, and keep them learning and engaged up to the last moment.

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Expanding the STEM (or STEAM) Pipeline to Diverse Learners

Presidential award winner Dr. Jaunine Fouché shares strategies for making STEAM education more accessible and engaging.

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4 Strategies to Energize and Focus Your Students

The real-life application of learning engages students beyond worksheets and traditional methods.

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The Value of an Authentic Audience

Providing students with an audience helps them understand why their coursework is worthwhile.

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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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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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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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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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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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