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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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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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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for keeping them engaged in learning.


Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Motivating the Unmotivated

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Experts Weigh in on What Kids Can Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)

At a recent student leaders summit, experts encouraged students to help create a clean energy future. Here are a few messages worth sharing just in time for Earth Day 2016.

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Cultivating a Love of Learning

Listen and look for the moments where you can kindle the fire of a child's curiosity.

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Math Education: The Roots of Computer Science

Math matters for computer science because it teaches students how to use abstract language, work with algorithms, self-analyze their computational thinking, and accurately modeling real-world solutions.

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Period 6: Ensuring Enrichment and Intervention

Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant
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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.

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A Student's Perspective on Place-Based Learning

"All I needed during middle school was to feel a part of something, and connecting to my community brought me that." -- Grace Whitmore, Hood River Middle School alumna

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New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

An interactive storytelling tool called Twine hooks students into deeper learning through the empathy of creating a choice-filled historical narrative with multiple outcomes.

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.

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Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

Do you have more than 30 students? Check out these strategies for keeping a large group of kids engaged and managed.

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Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential

Deeper learning has some specific requirements, not the least of which is collaboration. Ben Johnson shares some tips to establish cross-curricular collaboration even in the most isolated of environments.

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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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Ten Simple Strategies for Re-engaging Students

Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares some ideas for jump-starting a tired classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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