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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.

Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

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 Power of "I Don't Know"

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

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The Power of "I Don't Know"

Last comment 6 hours 45 min ago
16 902 25,993 views

Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Last comment 2 days 13 hours ago
11 305 8,743 views

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

Last comment 3 days 5 hours ago
5 36 2,041 views

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Supporting the Teacher Maker Movement

In order for teachers to encourage student innovation, they need the freedom to be innovative as well. Eight ways school leaders can support faculty who want to develop engaging curriculum.

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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.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 4

The case is made for teachers to work together to calibrate assignment or project criteria so that all student work is judged by the same standards and level of rigor.

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.

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Student Passion and TEDx Talks

Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.

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Teaching Ethics and Narrative . . . With Violent Video Games?

A Norwegian high school risks - and succeeds at - using violent video games to engage literature and religious studies classes with core material.

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Building Rigorous Projects That Are Core to Learning (Keys to PBL Series Part 2)
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Building Rigorous Projects That Are Core to Learning (Keys to PBL Series Part 2)

Project-based learning doesn't mean leaving standards behind. Follow these tips to plan projects that challenge your students and align with core learning goals.

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Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron launches this three-part series by advising middle school teachers to read up on brain research which will give insight on how the 'tween brain works.

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Why Arts Education Must Be Saved

Schools draw on the community to bring art and music to students.

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Lesson 5: Teaching Directions, Maps, and Coordinates

Give students a lesson in navigation -- from the points of the compass to GPS mapping.

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Apps in the Elementary Classroom

Blogger Mary Beth Hertz looks at the role of educational apps for younger students and suggests ways of bringing these programs into the classroom.

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Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem
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Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

Students in Eeva Reeder's geometry class design schools for 2050.

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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

Blogger Elena Aguilar explains why poetry, and literature, play crucial curricular roles in our schools.

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The Writing Workshop: A Valuable Tool for Differentiation and Formative Assessment (Guest Blog)

The writing workshop is a valuable framework in which differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and composition theory can develop students' critical literacy. (Guest blogger: Jennifer Sharpe)

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