This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like (KQED)

  Luba Vangelova of KQED News writes about The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA: The 2010 pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. “The idea was that it was for students who could manage their time…

How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement

Eric Jensen highlights seven issues that disproportionately affect students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom. Jensen outlines each of these issues and provides ways for students to address them. He reminds educators that poor students are still students and that teachers can support students in overcoming the obstacles they face. The common differences between…

Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement

Former teacher and teacher coach Tristan de Frondeville suggests strategies to increase student engagement: Create an Emotionally Safe Classroom Create an Intellectually Safe Classroom Cultivate Your Engagement Meter Create Appropriate Intermediate Steps Practice Journal or Blog Writing to Communicate with Students Create a Culture of Explanation Instead of a Culture of the Right Answer Teach…

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Daniel T. Willingham argues that “People are naturally curious, but they are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, people will avoid thinking.” He uses this assertion to explain why students for whom schoolwork is consistently too difficult often do not like school. By understanding this, Willingham suggests, teachers can effectively explore…