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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 Productive Struggle Fires Up Learners

    When students grapple with challenging problems, their confusion and frustration can actually lead to more durable learning.
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    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.
    Stephen Merrill, Sarah Gonser
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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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  • 5 Ways to Begin the Shift Towards Project-Based Learning

    5 Ways to Begin the Shift Toward Project-Based Learning

    The idea of bringing PBL into your classroom can be both intriguing and overwhelming, but there are many tips and resources to help you get started.
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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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    Guiding Students to Set Academic Goals

    Encouraging students to set goals for themselves—the first phase of self-regulated learning—helps them develop a growth mindset.
    539
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    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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  • 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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  • 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.
    2.4k
  • 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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  • 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.
    22.7k

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