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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Professional Development
Technology Summer Camp

By Carolyn Skibba

Summertime professional development becomes a little more like camp when the learning happens through hands-on, play-based tech challenges.

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Classroom Management
Reframing Teacher Voice

By Joshua Block

Effective teachers, rather than being stern and in control, are able to honor the group, connect with individuals, and be fair, reasonable, respectful, thoughtful, and real.

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By Matt Davis

Memorial Day is right around the corner! For teachers looking to incorporate the holiday into lessons, blogger Matt Davis has collected some of the best resources from around the web.

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Educators + GoPro: What Does Love Look Like?
By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)

What happens when you put GoPro cameras into the hands of teachers? You get a peek into just how fun, hectic, and wonderful an educator's day can be!

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By Betty Ray

To help us appreciate teachers, upload a selfie to Instagram or Twitter, tag it, and maybe you'll win a Microsoft Surface. (You've already won our full appreciation!)

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For Teacher Appreciation Month, Edutopia is offering a fun opportunity to win one of fifteen Microsoft Surface 3 Tablets by submitting your "class selfie."

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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 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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By Tracy Collins

Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

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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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By Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien

Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.

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Student-Driven Differentiated Instruction with "I Choose"

When teachers began asking for time to differentiate instruction by working with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

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By David Cutler

Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.

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