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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Brain-Based Learning
The Science of Fear

By Ainissa Ramirez

The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!

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By Brian Sztabnik

By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

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By Suzie Boss

It's time to tackle myths like project-based learning is mostly fluff and not academically rigorous. See other PBL misnomers and read how they deserve myth-busting.

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By Lisa Currie

Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behavior patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.

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By Susan Ragsdale

Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?

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By Mark Phillips

Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.

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By Maurice Elias

Many educators strive to help children believe they are born to greatness and build the skills needed to live that belief. Learn about a new multimedia app aimed at helping with this goal.

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By Donna Wilson, Ph.D.

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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By Elena Aguilar

School improvement coach Elena Aguilar offers up useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.

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By Rebecca Alber

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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Critical Thinking
The Power of "I Don't Know"

By Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.

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By Elena Aguilar

Mindfulness practice can help educators slow down and work and teach in a way that is anchored in joy and compassion.

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By Andrew Miller

To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

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Home-to-School Connections
5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Matt Davis

Browse this curated list of resources to improve parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress as well as questions every parent should ask.

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