George Lucas Educational Foundation

Student Engagement

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

  • 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.
  • 5 Ways to Boost Critical Thinking in World Language Classes

    One way to raise students’ engagement is to ask them to do more work—meaningful work with authentic materials from the target culture.
    Elena Spathis
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Deceptively Simple Strategy for Promoting Critical Thinking

    Using giant whiteboards is an easy way to encourage teamwork, differentiate, and foster deep engagement with content.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keeping Students With Learning Disabilities Motivated at Home

    Using movement breaks and improving skills like the ability to focus can help high school students with learning disabilities stay on track in this unsettled time.
  • A Student-Driven Approach to Experiential Learning

    See how a Reggio Emilia–inspired elementary school in Australia fosters student interests to spark curiosity and joy in learning.