Student Engagement and Motivation

The latest news about student engagement and motivation, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

Students in Christina Hanna and Kelly Pollack’s class spread out as they work on assignments at Chicago International Charter School West Belden. Hanna and Pollack co-teach the class of about 60 3rd and 4th graders.
—Laura McDermott for Education Week

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The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives.
January 8, 2020 – AP
One in 4 teachers feel anxious doing math. This is having a big impact on what happens in the classroom.
January 8, 2020 – Education Week
Sparked by a social media post and her own growing political awareness, a 10th grader at Erwin High, organized an in-school protest against the dress code of Buncombe County Schools, which permits the Confederate battle flag.
December 28, 2019 – AP
One of the largest school districts in the United States has announced that it will allow students one excused absence per school year to participate civic activities such as protests.
December 27, 2019 – AP
Are teachers consciously monitoring how much they talk vs. how much their students do? Research and front-line teacher experience suggest they should be.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Lively debate persists around this playground game, which opponents say is ripe territory for bullies and which supporters argue builds skills like teamwork and resilience.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Researchers have identified four specific ways to nurture a sense of intrinsic motivation in students: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.
December 9, 2019 – Education Week
Two new polls offer more evidence that Americans—and especially young Americans—are skeptical whether the investment in higher education is necessary or worth it.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
The video-sharing platform is a huge hit with teens and some teachers are beginning to integrate it into their lessons. But cyberbullying and data privacy are big concerns, experts say.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Two N.Y. teachers have added an extra dose of realism to lessons by transforming their 10th grade aircraft cleaning and maintenance classes into unionized workplaces.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week

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