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Student Engagement

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

  • 3 Participation Strategies for Live Video Instruction

    Most teachers develop ways to encourage classroom participation, but may not yet have ones for distance learning. These are easy to use anytime.
    Monica Burns
  • How to Help Middle School Students Develop Crucial Skills This Year

    Most middle schoolers have not mastered the self-regulation skills they need for distance learning, but these simple strategies can help.
  • Connecting With Students Through a Phone Call

    Email can feel impersonal, but calling students conveys warmth and can lead to a deeper connection.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 7 Ways to Help Kids Start Middle School When They’re Rarely in the Building

    Bridging the transition between elementary and middle school is always important—but this year’s strategies will require some rethinking.
  • Keys to Success in Distance Learning

    Educators from around the country shared their advice about making remote instruction work for middle and high school students.
  • Keeping Kindergartners Engaged in Distance Learning

    Personalizing lessons and giving brain breaks can help young students stay engaged during short synchronous sessions.
  • 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.
  • The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home

    The upcoming school year will be filled with uncertainty, but the need to keep students engaged while working from home feels like a sure thing. Fortunately, there is a science of motivation.
  • 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
  • Connecting With Reluctant Remote Learners

    Online classes make some kids anxious, but building relationships with them can go a long way toward helping them feel secure.
  • 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.
  • 3 Alternatives to Reading Logs

    Teacher-tested ideas to keep reading homework from feeling like a chore.
  • 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.

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