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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation
A young boy in a black shirt has his elbows against his sides and his hands raised in fists of excitement.
By Rebecca Alber

We asked the Edutopia community about their small victories in the classroom, and this is what they shared. 

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Teaching Strategies
Politics: The Great Pumpkin

By Matt Levinson

Discussing politics is often considered a social risk, but it's possible in the classroom by separating out the candidates, issues, process, and outcome.

Two boys, three girls in front of computers with teacher standing behind them smiling
By Monica Burns

If you want to use YouTube in the classroom, here are some tips to help you find and distribute appropriate content, explore virtual reality, and share student work.

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Four girls working as a team in front of a whiteboard
By Judy Willis MD

Adolescents need guidance in learning judgment -- academic-cognitive and social-emotional -- while their prefrontal cortex is transitioning into a more efficient network for making decisions and achieving goals.

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Bearded man sitting outside, smiling, playing the ukulele
By Karine Veldhoen

Creativity can rejuvenate your teaching practice by giving you the experience of escape, the foundation of community, and the magical abundance that lets you thrive.

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Three hikers carrying backpacks with helmets and bed rolls attached, standing looking down at a creek
By Karine Veldhoen

Taking a risk can pay off in exhilaration, affirmation, and inspiration. Step outside your comfort zone to improve your practice and grow as a teacher.

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Adults sitting, kneeling on the floor practicing yoga
By Karine Veldhoen

To remain energetic and dedicated as teachers, we need our rest. We can find it through making time for adequate sleep, creating sanctuary, and cultivating gratitude.

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A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.
By Kayla Delzer

Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.

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Superhero image featuring the letter "T"

In preparation for National Teacher Appreciation Month in May, Edutopia has collected tips and ideas for parents looking for the right way to tell educators, “Thank you.”

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A closeup of a high school girl sitting at a purple desk. She's writing, looking down at her paper. Other students are sitting behind her, slightly blurred.
By Todd Finley

Emphasize the obvious, keep things fresh, and be honest. Showing students that it pays to behave and respecting them as individuals greatly enhance classroom management.

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A group of young students are sitting in a classroom looking towards an adult male. At the front of the class, the wall is yellow. A red and white stop sign is hanging on the wall next to another sign that says, "yield to pedestrian in crosswalk."
By Ellie Cowen

Nonverbals are gestural cues that can help students quickly and respectfully communicate their reactions, needs, and levels of understanding in a fast-paced classroom.

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A group of adults are sitting among four tables, six to a table, in a library. Paper plates, popcorn bags, soda, and water bottles are on top of their tables, alongside open binders. A female adult is standing in front of everyone, addressing them.

Edcamps
Why Edcamp?

By Kristen Swanson

Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.

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American flag against a sky blue background made from pieces of torn paper
By Matt Davis

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

1 1,702 18,679 views
Six preteen students are standing on their classroom desks, smiling, and one student is sitting.
By Brian Kulak

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

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