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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Classroom Management

Learn strategies for building positive, compassionate classroom communities that engage learners, and find and exchange tips for coping with disruptive behaviors and managing distraction.

How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

To enhance classroom culture, use a listening circle to build respect, deepen trust, and share humor. Prompt your students thoughtfully, and record your observations afterward.

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.

Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.

The 5 Critical Categories of Rules

Rick Curwin believes that rules and limits, while necessary in a classroom, are subtly shaded in meaning and use. He defines five critical categories of rules: academic, social, procedural, cultural and personal.

Classroom Management: Resource Roundup

Looking for information on guiding classroom communities, minimizing disruptions, and developing class routines to help students stay engaged and focused on learning? This resource collection is packed with useful tips, tools, and advice.

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Hitting as Play: A Slippery Slope

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Caught in the Middle

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Hall Talk: Is the Chicago Teachers Strike the ‘Super Bowl’ of Ed Reform?

A weekly roundup of education news from Edutopia. This week featuring the Chicago teachers strike, science learning and much, much more.

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Five Tips to Help You Soar This September

Harlem Educational Activities Fund President and CEO Danielle Moss Lee shares five tips that will help you lay a solid foundation for the new year.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Back-to-School Survival Guide

The first few weeks of school can be challenging. VideoAmy has gathered a collection of video tips, tools, and diversions for busy teachers to help ease the transition back.

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From Management to Engagement

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at how student engagement can help deal with classroom management issues.

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Helping New Teachers Beat the Back-to-School Jitters with Twitter

Edutopia blogger and education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs highlights some of the most helpful tweets from New Teacher Chat, an online discussion on Twitter between educators at different career levels.

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Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School

Jose Vilson suggests three simple habits to ease teachers' transition from summer vacation to the start of a new school year.

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Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis reviews the comments of teachers reflecting on the lessons learned in their first year of service.

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Summer PD: Use a Web Site to Help Manage Your Classroom

High school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano shares a couple simple tips for using the Web to keep students engaged.

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Six Reasons Rewards Don't Work

Author and educator Richard L. Curwin examines the cost of the most commonly used reward strategies.

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Ending the Year on a Positive Note

Mary Beth Hertz suggests focusing on accomplishments and encouraging positive student reflection to end the year.

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A Reading List for Project-Based Learning

Explore these project-based learning resources for educators and parents.

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Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines the controversy over whether lectures are helpful or harmful for conveying information, and then offers six strategies for crafting lectures that will keep students engaged and learning.

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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

To enhance classroom culture, use a listening circle to build respect, deepen trust, and share humor. Prompt your students thoughtfully, and record your observations afterward.

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How to Teach Character in the Classroom

This school's Community Circle builds much more than a sense of community.

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Ten Tips for Classroom Management (available in Spanish)

This guide will address practical aspects of managing a classroom (rules, routines, trust, and student ownership) to make a classroom run smoothly and effectively with suggestions and resources appropriate for grades K-12.

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