Student Engagement and Motivation

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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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Worried about students' social detachment in technology-driven, personalized learning environments, some schools are weaving social-emotional support into lessons. (November 6, 2018)

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A national study of nearly 12,500 9th graders finds that two sessions of a 25-minute exercise on “growth mindset” can boost students’ grades and their willingness to take on challenging classes.
August 7, 2019 – Education Week
Many teachers say knowing how to help students who struggle outside of school is a major challenge as they take on teaching social-emotional learning, according to an Education Week Research Center survey.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Arts experiences—like singing in a choir or drawing graffiti—can open students to new ways of thinking, and offer teachers powerful opportunities to develop students’ social and emotional skills.
June 26, 2019 – Education Week
At a time when districts say they want to prioritize student voice and civics, student board positions tend to be advisory, rather than consequential.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Most teacher prep programs don’t train teachers on the science of how to ignite students’ drive to learn. Some schools of education are aiming to change that.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
As more schools aim to address students’ social and emotional needs, some are using meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices to address misbehavior and stress. But the research on the effectiveness of such practices is mixed.
May 23, 2019 – Education Week
When a lesson falls flat, it can be tough to recover and move on. Teachers say they’d like training in how to do so.
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Move heavy thinking to the beginning of the day, make recess sacred, let higher schoolers sleep in, and mandate choir, says the best-selling author.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
The First Amendment looks different in schools. (So do the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th.)
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
A group of Colorado students who led a peaceful protest at their school learned a hard lesson about civics from school administrators—and it didn’t come from textbooks.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week

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