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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year.

Teaching Students Not Standards

Rebecca Alber describes four pitfalls of educational standards and actions teachers and school leaders can take to avoid them.

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

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Kindergarten Fantasy

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Why You Must Choose Home Tuition Over Group Coaching

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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

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The Role of Video Games in the English Classroom

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick looks at how video games can function side by side with more traditional texts in the ELA classroom.

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Practical PBL Series: Design an Instructional Unit in Seven Phases

In this first of a three-part series, teacher and blogger Amber Graeber presents the Seven Phases of a Project Cycle, a practical breakdown of how you might guide your students through a PBL unit.

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Current Events in the STEM Classroom: Mars Curiosity

Teacher and author Shawn Cornally suggests using the latest news from Mars to engage and inspire STEM classrooms here on Earth.

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Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note

Blogger Ben Johnson shares multiple strategies for using sticky notes in the classroom.

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Powerful PD: Teachers Take the Learner's Seat

Blogger Bob Lenz proposes that schools give teachers opportunity firsthand to experience project learning.

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If They Don't Practice Democracy, They Won't Learn It

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips explains the need for high schools to model democracy by involving students in the decision-making process.

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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Using "Music Writing" to Trigger Creativity, Awareness and Motivation

Blogger and author Jeffrey Pflaum demonstrates how a musical prompt to creative writing exercises can open students to new realms of emotional intelligence.

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How to Foster Student Feedback

Asking students to respond about your teaching and class content takes a teacher open to change and reflection.

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Lesson 3: Tips for Lesson Planning from Citizen Schools

Start creating your lessons with these tips and activities.

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What Are You Teaching Today? Poetry That Inspires!

Blogger Lisa Dabbs offers a few suggestions for an in-class Poem in Your Pocket Day as a way of helping students celebrate National Poetry Month.

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Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country

In the final blog of this series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf examine how the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented throughout the U.S.

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When Teaching the Right Answers Is the Wrong Direction

Students can learn more from wrong answers than we think.

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How to Stay Caught Up with the Curriculum

Keeping up with the curriculum is important, asserts blogger Rebecca Alber, but so is taking time to check for understanding, re-teach, and provide students time to reflect on the learning.

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