Student Engagement and Motivation

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

Matthew Cook, left, Darshan Patel, and Abby Simmons, all 8th graders in Armorel, Ark., display their different model attempts with a 3D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a one-legged duck.
—Photos courtesy of Armorel High School EAST

Students Thrive When They See Purpose in Their Learning

Educators and researchers see strong links between classroom work that students find meaningful and their levels of engagement and motivation. (January 17, 2018)

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Spotlight on Student Motivation

In this Spotlight, discover the links between work students find meaningful and their levels of motivation in the classroom, and see what teachers can learn from disengagement on tests.

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10/15 02:45 pm | Hostility Toward LGBTQ Students May Be Rising in Schools, Survey Finds | About 23,000 LGBTQ youth from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, participated in the 2017 National School Climate Survey. A significant share ...

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Letting Students Take Ownership of Their Assessments
Student-led assessments allow students to demonstrate their learning in a meaningful, active way. This discussion focuses on best practices and challenges of helping students demonstrate skills through topics of their choice.

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Nurturing Students’ Climb to Success: Why Engagement and Motivation Matter
Cultivating the conditions and relationships that allow all students to thrive requires hard, deliberate work. Schools are trying a range of strategies to get students vested in their learning.

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The continuing decline in math achievement comes even as fewer students are taking the college-readiness exam.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Rising rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in children are manifesting in schools. What principals can do to support students and stave off crisis.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
Cognitive and neuroscience research points ways schools can help leverage teenagers’ strengths in this unique developmental period when they’re learning to regulate emotions and make good decisions.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
“SKAM Austin” unfolds in real time on social media, just like the lives of its teenage characters and fans.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Why do we still make teenagers drag themselves to class before they're fully awake? asks teacher David Polochanin.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
Some teachers are gamifying entire units of study, while others are assigning single games to reinforce specific concepts. The results, many say, are mixed.
October 3, 2018 – Teacher
If students can't use what they've learned, they won't remember it for long, writes former teacher Ron Berger.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
When it comes to literacy skills, there seems to be a gap between what employers want and what schools provide, but it’s a fuzzy one.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
A popular Netflix documentary series highlights an alarming academic trend among student athletes. An educator from the show speaks out.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
The shifting learning preference is driving curricula and technological changes in some school districts, but also raising concerns about the downsides of too much video use.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week

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