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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Brain-Based Learning
Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

By Marianne Stenger

A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.

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Project-Based Learning
PBL Pilot: Student Work Showcase

By Matt Weyers

Fifth grade teachers share how students in their PBL pilot program raised funds for microloans, created websites for a nature preserve, and developed business plans.

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By Elena Aguilar

How do we find courage and motivate colleagues to look inward, look outward, and do something about injustices -- in our classrooms, schools, justice system, and society?

By Ben Solomon

Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.

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By Andrew Miller

Are students ready for the homework you give them? Consider assigning less of it, letting students choose assignments, and using it for review and assessment.

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The Flipped Class: Getting Stakeholders on Board
By Jon Bergmann

For parents, students, and administrators to make flipped learning a success, they must understand the best possible outcome and their roles in making it happen.

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By Bob Lenz

An instructional development director from a charter schools network in the San Francisco area shares his plan for acquiring 300 donated digital reading devices for students.

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By Todd Finley

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.

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By Nicholas Provenzano

Nerds need gifts, too! How about a pen made of magnets, a Bluetooth cassette adapter, or a crust cutter that reduces your sandwich to Tetris pieces?

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By Rebecca Alber

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

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By John McCarthy

Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.

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By Elena Aguilar

Blogger Elena Aguilar describes how developing a practice of gratitude on our campuses can help change the culture and climate of our schools.

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By Rusul Alrubail

Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.

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By Nicolás Pino James

Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.

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