Student Engagement and Motivation

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

Why Does Personalized Learning Sometimes Feel Impersonal?

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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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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Rules for Engagement Blog

10/17 01:17 pm | Teen Suicides Rising Sharply, Federal Data Show | Suicide rates increased by 76 percent for 15- to 19-year-olds between 2007 and 2017 and nearly tripled for 10- 14-year-olds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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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Joseph Meloche: Recognized for Leadership in Elevating Student Voice
Superintendent Joseph Meloche regularly turns to students to inform his decisionmaking in the Cherry Hill, N.J., school district. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.

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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
Seeing peers with similar backgrounds succeed helps ELLs stay connected and motivated, educators and researchers say.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week
In this report, Education Week takes an expansive look at student engagement and motivation and a range of strategies schools, educators, advocates, and parents are using to help students get—and stay—vested in their learning.
October 18, 2017 – Education Week
With at least a decade of research on incentives in K-12 schools, here's what’s been learned about using cash and other rewards and how schools deploy these ideas now.
October 17, 2017 – Education Week
"Nudges" are low-cost interventions meant to influence behavior by changing how or when choices are offered. Research is showing that when used with students, nudges can get positive results.
October 17, 2017 – Education Week
What can you learn when students give up on the test? A new measure offers clues.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
An experimental network of Virginia schools is letting students devise projects to demonstrate what they've learned.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week
While discussing college and careers can motivate students, a successful plan would need heavy supports to help students reach their post-graduation goals, experts said.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
Ben Owens’ high school embraces the philosophy of "100-percent engagement, 100 percent of the time." He shares insights on building a student-centered, teacher-powered school culture.
January 24, 2017 – Teacher

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