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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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  • Encouraging Shy Students to Speak Up in Class

    Advice for creating a supportive environment where shy students feel comfortable participating—from a teacher who was one of those students.
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  • How to Build a Menstruation Station at Your School

    Nearly one in four students struggles to afford period supplies, which has a major impact on their ability to learn. Schools can help.
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    For students who have internalized a message that they’re destined to fail, promoting realistic optimism can be game-changing.
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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
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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.
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  • A STEM Project That Connects to Students’ Interest in Social Movements

    A personally and socially relevant project ties what middle school students study in science class to developments in the world around them.
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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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  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
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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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  • 5 Ways to Unleash Student Creativity and Reduce Fear of Failure

    Fear stifles creativity. By making space for the exchange of high-quality, low-stakes feedback, you can encourage the right kind of risk-taking.
  • 3 Ways to Encourage ‘Coasting’ Students to Reach Their Full Potential

    Students who are doing well—but could be doing much better—benefit from feedback that encourages self-monitoring.
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  • 8 Evidence-Based Tips to Make Your Lectures More Engaging—and Memorable

    When done right, lectures remain an invaluable tool for building student knowledge. Here’s the research on how to optimize your time in front of the class.
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  • 3 Strategies to Get Students Talking in Math Classrooms

    Talking through their math work helps students understand it better, and these strategies get those conversations started.
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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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  • Teacher leading classroom via projector screen

    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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