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Student Engagement

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

  • Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

    When projects begin with a compelling question that students investigate over time, curiosity can spark the drive to read.
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  • High school student speaks in class.

    A Hip-Hop Song Inspires a New Path to Engagement

    A middle school teacher explains how she gamified assignments and saw a dramatic increase in student motivation.
    Toni Harrison-Kelly
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  • High school student reading a book while sitting at her desk in a classroom

    Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

    If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading.
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  • An illustration of the inside of a mind while writing

    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
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  • Students assemble a model wind turbine they constructed.

    New Research Makes a Powerful Case for PBL

    Two new gold-standard studies provide compelling evidence that project-based learning is an effective strategy for all students—including historically marginalized ones.
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  • A photo collage featuring Jo Boaler: Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

    Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

    Every child possesses vast mathematics potential, says Jo Boaler, Stanford University mathematics professor and best-selling author—but for them to access it, we need to rethink how we teach math.
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  • An illustration concept of one individual taking flight from a group

    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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  • 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.
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  • Illustration concept for community

    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
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  • Teacher reads a book aloud to elementary students in class

    Using Read-Alouds to Improve Older Elementary Students’ Literacy Skills

    A daily read-aloud can help build community and show reluctant readers how to approach a text.
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  • A photo of the classic board game "Battleship"

    13 Virtual Games to Play in Your Elementary Classroom

    From scavenger hunts to Pictionary, we’ve gathered a batch of virtual games to get students talking, laughing, and engaging with peers.
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  • Eggs in carton

    How to Spark Engagement in Math With Pictures

    A popular strategy, using pictures in math class gives students another way to access math concepts and can spark great conversations.
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  • 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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  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    How ‘Among Us’ Helps Students Master Argumentative Writing

    In the popular online strategy game, students make claims, listen to counterclaims, and reach a conclusion—skills they need to write a strong argumentative essay.
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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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