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In this ASCD Express article, English teacher JoAnn Gage discusses asserts that knowledge cannot be beaten into students. Instead, teachers should be using engagement as a tool to reach students.

It's Student Engagement week on the ASCD Inservice blog. Here are useful tools to increase student engagement in any classroom.

Critical Discussion Activity

Critical Discussion Activity--Aligned to Common Core Listening and Speaking Standards. Teach students the rules for conducting all types of critical discussions and the etiquette for working in groups. Includes a grading rubric that is suitable for both teacher and peer evaluation.

ASCD authors Michael Opitz and Michael Ford share #engagement strategies in Education Week. They explain that engagement involves "joyous effort."

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. Continue Reading →

Take the Fear Out of Research Projects

Just the thought of doing a research project is enough to send some students into a permanent state of shock, (and fill teachers with dread!). End the fear with this fun and easy method of organizing and writing research projects. Once I started using this method with my own students, they started doing one research project after another on their own! $

Free! 20 Terrific Presentation Tech Tools for Kids - This freebie is the result of collaboration between 20 educators who shared their recommendations for online or mobile device apps for classroom presentations.