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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.

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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

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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12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

Do you have more than 30 students? Check out these strategies for keeping a large group of kids engaged and managed.

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Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Discipline Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

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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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

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17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

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How High Is the Wall?

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4 Ways To Reduce Cheating

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17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

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Making Connections

When teachers make a point of connecting with students as individuals, those students will feel valued, be willing to take risks, and ultimately thrive.

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Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

Do you have more than 30 students? Check out these strategies for keeping a large group of kids engaged and managed.

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PBL Pilot: Navigating Group Work

Fifth grade teachers use their PBL pilot program to teach the leadership and collaboration skills that future employers are likely to expect of their students.

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Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3

Most teachers differentiate their instruction intuitively because not all students are the same. For those willing to commit to DI, the next step is intentional differentiation.

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Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks

By adding a fun, creative element of focus and stillness to a classroom routine, you can help your students learn to appreciate and practice self-regulation.

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Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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"What Did You Call Me?" – How to Remember Students’ Names

Blogger Todd Finley shares techniques on how to remember students' names.

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"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals.

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Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville

At the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, in Gainesville, Georgia, students know exactly how they are smart.

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A Community of Learners: Building a Supportive Learning Environment

Creating a safe, respectful school is a foundation for high-performance learning.

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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning

The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

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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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