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Student Engagement

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

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  • Improving Attendance Through Mentorship

    A junior high program pairs at-risk students with staff members to foster relationships based on trust that help keep the kids in school.
    Erin Yeager
  • 4 Brain Breaks for Different Classroom Needs

    These brain breaks are designed to serve different purposes, and selecting the right one at the right time can yield positive results.
  • Teaching Students How to Make Movies to Document Their Learning

    Using moviemaking as a form of engagement and assessment centers students’ voices.
  • Jump-Starting Academic Learning With Movement and Dance

    The benefits of movement in the classroom aren’t limited to younger students. Pairing new words and concepts with gestures or dance moves locks in understanding—and active brain breaks prime students to learn even more.
  • 3 Strategies to Increase Student Participation

    Many teachers report lower levels of participation in the past couple of years. These vocal and nonvocal strategies may get students to contribute in class.
  • 6 Ways to Unplug From Classroom Technology in Our Digital Age

    Challenging students to do projects without technology has benefits for creativity, critical thinking, and student engagement.
  • How to Adapt Visible Thinking Routines to Maximize Student Engagement

    These adapted classroom strategies encourage students to talk through and reflect on learning in meaningful ways.
  • An illustration concept of one individual taking flight from a group

    Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning during the pandemic has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
  • 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.
  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
  • 6 Ways to Capture Students’ Attention

    Teachers can use insights from neuroscience to help ensure that learners stay engaged during class and are more likely to retain information.
  • 17 Brain Breaks Tailored for High Schoolers

    As high school students navigate more rigorous academic tasks and denser curricular material, the occasional 3-to-5-minute break delivers a wide range of benefits.
  • 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.
  • How Tone of Voice Shapes Your Classroom Culture

    It’s no easy task, but developing your tone of voice can build trust, reduce conflict, and set the stage for more learning in your classroom, research shows.
  • How to Engage Students the Moment They Enter the Classroom

    Openers matter and set the tone for the lesson that follows. Here’s how to start strong when you need to.

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