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Student Engagement

Discover the strategies that work best to involve students in their own learning. Early-career teachers: Download 120 practical tips from our community of experienced educators about student engagement and more.

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  • Battling ‘Senioritis’ With Forward-Looking Assignments

    By assigning activities that help seniors plan for life after high school, teachers can keep them more engaged.
    Kimberly Hager
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  • 5 Strategies to Improve Students’ Listening Skills

    Middle and high school students not listening is a common complaint, but listening is a skill like any other—it can be improved with practice.
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  • Squats, Lunges, and Phonemes

    Adding movement to reading lessons reinforces key concepts and helps fidgety students concentrate.
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  • Making Sure Students’ Struggles Are Productive

    Using a ‘not yet’ approach helps students see that challenging moments can be opportunities to reach their learning goals.
    177
  • When Reading Logs Backfire, What Can Teachers Do Instead?

    To create life-long readers, ditch quotas, calendars, and logs—and replace them with strategies that get students talking about books and keeping track of the joy they experience reading.
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    Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning during the pandemic has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
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  • 4 Great Ways to Start Math Class

    Spending the first five minutes of elementary math classes with one of these launch routines can help all students feel ready to learn.
    502
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    63.4k
  • 6 Museums With Exceptional Teacher Resources

    From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience.
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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.
    55.9k
  • 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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  • Giving Students Choice in the Classroom Increases Engagement

    When her students asked about tornadoes during a unit on weather, this teacher saw clearly how student engagement enhances learning.
    392
  • 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.
    23.7k
  • 3 Ways to Activate Student Engagement

    Waning engagement in lessons at the upper elementary and middle school levels can be remedied quickly with these simple strategies.
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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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