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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)

Intrigued by the world of podcasting? This Five-Minute Film Festival features videos, resources, and articles to help any educator get started using podcasts in the classroom as a learning tool.

By Suzie Boss

Check out this Australian elementary school that lives up to its vision of being "a place of optimism, excitement, and challenge."

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By Christina Wright

By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.

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By Mark Phillips

Students deserve a say in running their schools and districts, and board members could easily make room for student representatives to share their wisdom and insight.

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By Alice Keeler

Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome.

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By Jenny Grabiec

Google Hangouts can be an accessible, low-cost tool for teaching educators about technology or turning snow days into PD sessions -- among many other possibilities.

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By Dr. Allen Mendler

Improve trust and communication with difficult students by expressing gratitude, using encouraging statements, and treating them in the same way you treat your best students.

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Social and Emotional Learning
12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

By Dr. Richard Curwin

Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

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By Johanna Rauhala

To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!

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By Michael Gervais

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

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Student Engagement
Using Humor in the Classroom

By Maurice Elias

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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New Teachers
Why Math?

By Karim Ani

Make math meaningful by using numeracy to frame the economic, public policy, and global issues that your students are likely to face as adults.

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