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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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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5 Tips for Making Group Work Manageable

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

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Study: Humor Boosts Student Learning

Research shows that humor can improve retention of content, make lessons more interesting, reduce stress, and boost test scores.

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A Solution for Student Disengagement

Tap students’ leadership potential to help them form strong bonds with each other and with their school.

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Bringing Poetry Outside

See how one teacher encourages his school to join together and enjoy a spring day with poetry.

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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action
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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action

Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.

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Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement
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Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement

Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.

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What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

Instead of a set of 20 questions, use this framework to have your students create their own homework based on their needs and interests.

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Sparking Engagement With Hip-Hop

An introduction to a culturally responsive pedagogy, with examples of how to use hip-hop across the curriculum—including in math class.

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Bringing Joy to Math Class

Math doesn’t have to be tedious—see how one middle school math teacher encourages students to get excited about it.

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights or ringing a call bell. This article explores some additional ideas categorized by grade bands.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

When it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can...

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons multisensory, we can make learning easier for our students.

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions. With that in mind, if you are a new teacher or perhaps not so new but know that question-asking is...

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

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