Student Engagement and Motivation

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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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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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There’s been a surge of interest in anonymous school violence reporting systems since the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Students, often the best source of information about threats, can be reluctant to report what they know.
August 10, 2018 – Education Week
The goal of the trip is for the Parkland students to learn how to keep a youth movement going long after a tragedy has faded from the headlines.
July 27, 2018 – Education Week
Even before teachers get to know their students, they have already formed assumptions about them—and low expectations can set students up for failure, writes Melissa Garcia.
July 25, 2018 – Teacher
High school and college students are less likely to volunteer or give to charity today than they were 15 years ago, an analysis of U.S. Census data finds.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Many teachers want to ban the popular video game from classrooms, but others are weaving students’ passion for it into classroom discussions and assignments.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers must reject the idea that math is like eating vegetables, says former offensive lineman and current mathematician John Urschel.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
How can schools encourage deeper learning? Chip and Dan Heath, bestselling authors and the researchers behind "peak moments," explain.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
Inspired by Susan Cain's 2012 book, Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, teachers in New York City and elsewhere are developing learning environments that give a voice to silent students.
December 27, 2017 – Education Week
Pressure to cut the rates of student absences will ramp up as most states use attendance in some form in new accountability plans.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week
Mentors can be powerful sources of support for students, but it's not easy to recruit and retain volunteers for the long haul.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week

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