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Student Engagement

Discover the strategies that work best to involve students in their own learning.

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  • Getting Students to Use their Favorite Apps to Learn and Create

    In schools, should we be empowering students to use their favorite digital tools to produce and engage with content? Research shows it can deliver surprising academic benefits.
    Paige Tutt
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  • 5 Strategies to Improve Students’ Listening Skills

    Middle and high school students not listening is a common complaint, but listening is a skill like any other—it can be improved with practice.
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  • An Alternative to Warm-Up Problems

    Starting math class with a warm-up problem is common. Here’s how one teacher starts with a little chat instead, before moving on to the math.
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  • Squats, Lunges, and Phonemes

    Adding movement to reading lessons reinforces key concepts and helps fidgety students concentrate.
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  • Keeping Older Students Engaged All Year Long

    Sometimes keeping middle and high school students engaged is a matter of making them feel like a part of the community.
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  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
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  • When Reading Logs Backfire, What Can Teachers Do Instead?

    To create life-long readers, ditch quotas, calendars, and logs—and replace them with strategies that get students talking about books and keeping track of the joy they experience reading.
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  • Guiding Students to Ask Great Questions

    By building relationships and centering student participation, teachers can create a community where curiosity and inquiry are valued.
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  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
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  • 6 Museums With Exceptional Teacher Resources

    From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience.
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  • 4 Great Ways to Start Math Class

    Spending the first five minutes of elementary math classes with one of these launch routines can help all students feel ready to learn.
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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
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  • Teenage girl distance learning on laptop at home

    Strategies to Encourage Students to Turn Their Cameras On

    Incorporating SEL approaches, playing games, and giving students options can inspire them to show their faces.
    23.7k
  • A Teacher Appreciation Week for the Ages

    When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers figured out how to make remote learning work. This week, as the nation expresses its gratitude, we recap the emotional journey.
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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.
    6.5k

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