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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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

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4 Tips on Teaching Problem Solving (From a Student)

A student shares her insights into the most important skill you can teach. (Hint: It’s not perseverance.)

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Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom

As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.

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10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading

Re-energize your student readers with these super-smart, tech-savvy learning stations.

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Conquering the Multitasking Brain Drain

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking interferes with the quality of learning. These suggestions can help students recognize that scattered focus isn't their friend during homework time.

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Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd

Laughter, risk, and novelty stimulate the teenage brain. Make these elements work for you by incorporating the strategies and rhythms of stand-up comedy into your teaching.

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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Introduce game dynamics like leveling up and earning badges into your classroom to boost student engagement.

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Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.

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How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged?

Blogger Ben Johnson defines student engagement and describes what it looks like in the classroom.

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.

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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

Blogger Elena Aguilar explains why poetry, and literature, play crucial curricular roles in our schools.

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Student Learning Groups: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?

Blogger Ben Johnson makes the case for forming both same-ability and mixed-ability student learning groups in the classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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Three Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis offers three practical strategies to build and nurture students' executive function -- critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making. (Updated 01/2014)

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