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Student Engagement

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas.

  • Keeping Kindergartners Engaged in Distance Learning

    Personalizing lessons and giving brain breaks can help young students stay engaged during short synchronous sessions.
    Ruth Calkins
  • 6 Smart Ways to Bring the Power of Music Into Your Classroom

    Music is an often overlooked—but uniquely powerful—strategy for connecting kids to classroom learning.
  • 3 Keys to a Better 2020–21

    In response to the upheaval of the pandemic, researchers and the leaders of over 100 schools focused on three fundamental areas of education, whether it’s in person or virtual.
  • 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?
    Nora Fleming
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
  • How to Make Effective Videos for Learning

    Instructional videos can help students learn at their own pace and free up time for teachers to support students individually.
  • 3 Alternatives to Reading Logs

    Teacher-tested ideas to keep reading homework from feeling like a chore.
  • Talk Less So Students Learn More

    Productive struggle is important for students to retain what they learn.
  • Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning

    Whether you’re new to teaching online or a veteran, these six tips can help you make sure your students stay connected and immersed in learning.
  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers have a method of calling for quiet, and we’ve collected a variety of good ideas for elementary, middle, and high school.
  • 3 Ways to Ask Questions That Engage the Whole Class

    These techniques guide all students to process course content and then actively demonstrate their learning.
  • Teacher-Created Videos for Remote Learning

    When Concourse Village Elementary in the Bronx had to close their school building due to Covid-19, principal Alexa Sorden and her staff pivoted quickly to deliver engaging lessons via video.
  • 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.

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