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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mobile Learning
The First 5s with iPads

By Beth Holland

When introducing new technology in a 1:1 classroom, consider breaking the lessons and tasks into small increments with easily measurable products and goals.

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All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos.

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Home-to-School Connections
Home Visits: Reaching Beyond the Classroom

By Jill E. Thomas

Get to know your students and strengthen the home-school partnership with these seven tips for reaching out to parents and meeting families.

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All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference. Check back weekly for updates!

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By Dr. Allen Mendler

Effective classroom management starts at the beginning of the year when a teacher clearly and respectfully lays out behavior standards and methods for handling misbehavior.

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By Nathan Barber

By adding Angela Duckworth's 12-item grit scale to the standard assessments, one school is investigating the possibility of measuring and teaching its students grit.

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By Darri Stephens

When establishing that first contact with parents on Back to School Night, start the year right by being transparent, direct, and consistent.

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By Elena Aguilar

Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.

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By Todd Finley

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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By Maurice Elias

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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By Warren Berger

Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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By Todd Finley

As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

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By Todd Finley

For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources.

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Teaching Strategies
Academic Sponge Activities

By Todd Finley

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

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