Student Motivation & Engagement

Education news, analysis, and opinion about efforts to get students involved and active in learning and classroom activities.
Student Well-Being Research Center Reports Student Engagement During the Pandemic: Results of a National Survey
This report examines students' school engagement during the pandemic based on survey results from students and teachers.
October 14, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Treat Students Like Kids, Not Criminals: Research Shows a Way to Keep Teens Out of Jail
Building a relationship of mutual respect between teachers and students can break the cycle.
Greg Walton, Jason Okonofua & Katie Remington Cunningham, October 13, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The Real Reason Why Students Don’t Ask Teachers for Help
Students know when they need help, but they’re embarrassed to ask. Here’s how to formalize and normalize help-seeking.
Vanessa Bohns, October 6, 2021
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From left, Mia-Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., on Sept. 21, 2021. The students are members of the Student Council Association and have been instrumental in making changes at the school.
From left, Mia Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were part of a student social justice task force that prompted big changes at their school.
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School & District Management Students Sought Changes at Their Middle School. Their Principal Listened
Principal Kambar Khoshaba initiated a student social justice task force at the middle school he leads. Students say it's had a big impact.
Denisa R. Superville, September 29, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion 'Futures Thinking' Can Help Schools Plan for the Next Pandemic
Rethinking the use of time and place for teachers and students, taking risks, and having a sound family-engagement plan also would help.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 20, 2021
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School & District Management Video Students and School Boards: The Value of Student Engagement
A student school board member from Maryland offers advice to educators, board members, and his peers on the importance of student activism.
Eric Harkleroad, September 10, 2021
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Student Well-Being Webinar Reengaging Students: Seizing the Moment to Foster Student Success
With an infusion of federal funding from Covid-relief aid, districts and schools have a unique opportunity to invest in more whole child student supports to help recoup academic ground. Engaging families is an important part
August 31, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Relationships in Schools
Ten years of posts about why and how teachers should prioritize building and sustaining positive relationships with their students.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 18, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Student Voices
Links to 10 years of posts in which students share their thoughts about education.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 28, 2021
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Gia Leon, a student at Odyssey STEM Academy, poses for a portrait at Hollydale Park on July 15, 2021, in South Gate, California.
Gia Leon, 17, credits the personalized learning program at Odyssey STEM Academy in Lakewood, Calif., for helping build her academic and personal confidence and giving her an opportunity to experience the real world of work.
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Personalized Learning From Our Research Center Personalized Learning’s Big Test Is Coming This School Year
As schools try to repair the damage of COVID-19 and racial injustice, it's now or never for the much-hyped personalized learning movement.
Benjamin Herold, July 20, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Student Motivation & Social-Emotional Learning
Links to 10 years of posts on helping to create the conditions where student intrinsic motivation can thrive.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 20, 2021
20 min read
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Classroom-Management Advice
See links to 10 years of posts featuring over 100 educators sharing classroom- management advice.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 14, 2021
7 min read
Teaching Live Online Discussion How to Develop Powerful Project-Based Learning
How do you prepare students to be engaged, active, and empowered young adults? Creating a classroom atmosphere that encourages students to pursue critical inquiry and the many skills it requires demands artful planning on the
June 24, 2021