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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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  • A Year of No Tests

    Removing summative assessments from instructional practice can make class more interesting, engaging, and stress free for students.
    Jodie Deinhammer
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  • How to Counter Learned Helplessness

    For students who have internalized a message that they’re destined to fail, promoting realistic optimism can be game-changing.
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  • 4 Meaningful Activities to Mark the End of School

    Giving middle and high school students a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next can be very beneficial.
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  • How to Use 6-Word Memoirs in the Classroom

    Activities in which students have six words to collect their thoughts can help build community and get classroom discussions started.
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  • Making the Most of Your Classroom Walls

    Classroom walls don’t have to be Instagram-worthy so long as they display the right information and allow students to shine.
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  • A Critical Thinking Strategy for Student Note-Taking

    This graphic organizer guides students to categorize information while they’re taking notes, leading to deeper engagement.
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  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
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  • 4 Activities to Encourage End-of-Year Reflections

    For middle and high school students, the last few weeks of school offer a great opportunity to look back on challenges they’ve overcome, celebrate achievements, and dream of what is to come next year.
    402
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    Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
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  • How to Build a Menstruation Station at Your School

    Nearly one in four students struggles to afford period supplies, which has a major impact on their ability to learn. Schools can help.
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  • 5 Ways to Unleash Student Creativity and Reduce Fear of Failure

    Fear stifles creativity. By making space for the exchange of high-quality, low-stakes feedback, you can encourage the right kind of risk-taking.
  • 3 Ways to Encourage ‘Coasting’ Students to Reach Their Full Potential

    Students who are doing well—but could be doing much better—benefit from feedback that encourages self-monitoring.
    1.2k
  • 8 Evidence-Based Tips to Make Your Lectures More Engaging—and Memorable

    When done right, lectures remain an invaluable tool for building student knowledge. Here’s the research on how to optimize your time in front of the class.
    1.1k
  • 3 Strategies to Get Students Talking in Math Classrooms

    Talking through their math work helps students understand it better, and these strategies get those conversations started.
    1.1k
  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
    9.6k

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