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Student Engagement

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

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    How to Use Microtracking to Promote Student Autonomy

    Guiding students to create lists of learning objectives and what they need to do to meet those goals on time can boost their independence.
    Amanda Adams
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    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
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  • Getting to Know Students in a Million Words or Less

    Getting to Know Your Students in a Million Words or Less

    How can you learn your students’ strengths, challenges, and passions right at the start of school? Assign a playful report to their parents and guardians—it may be useful all year long.
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    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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  • Building Relationships With Empathy Maps

    Building Relationships With Empathy Maps

    Use this simple visual tool to make better instructional decisions with your students' strengths and needs in mind.
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  • Students play a stretching game during a classroom break

    More Than a Dozen Ways to Build Movement Into Learning

    Physical activity that amplifies learning can have a powerful effect on retention and engagement—it’s also fun.
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    The Necessity of Finding More Ways to Praise

    Encouraging students is not enough, says a new study—you actually have to raise your ratio of praise to reprimands dramatically, and that might mean keeping track.
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  • How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    When students lead the conversation in their parent-teacher conferences, they take ownership of their learning and growth.
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  • Elementary teacher bends down to help student working on her tablet at her desk

    10 Strategies That Support English Language Learners Across All Subjects

    Teachers of any subject can use these tips to help English language learners be more engaged and at ease in class.
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  • Illustration concept of students communicating

    The Magic of a Noisy Classroom

    Sometimes building connections and community matters more than adhering stringently to all of the rules, teachers say.
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  • A Classroom Without Walls: Teachers Take Their Lessons to TikTok

    A Classroom Without Walls: Teachers Take Their Lessons to TikTok

    TikTok’s bite-sized video content helps educators deliver key academic concepts while their students learn anywhere, anytime.
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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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  • 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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  • Elementary school teacher works with student on math problem on chalk board in classroom

    There’s More to Math Feedback Than ‘Correct’ and ‘Incorrect’

    Teachers can help students master grade-level content by giving feedback that supports independent learning and progress.
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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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