Edutopia on Facebook
Edutopia on Twitter
Edutopia on Google+
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

Now Hiring: Flipped Learning Architects

Before flipping your class, think like an architect instead of a video producer, because the medium of instruction ultimately matters less than the desired outcomes.

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.

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.


8 Living Artists Every Educator Should Know

Last comment 1 week 4 days ago
11 2,240 11,859 views

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Last comment 1 week 2 days ago
55 17,076 101,850 views

Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

Last comment 3 weeks 1 day ago
32 864 48,156 views

Building a classroom from the ground up?

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 05:09
4 22 views

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:00
23 52,699 331,389 views

Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 09:43
7 3,916 31,042 views



Using New Technology to Rediscover Traditional Ways of Learning

Digital technology such as tablets can help teachers and students rediscover traditional ways of learning by using touch, movement, sound, and visuality.

2 1,908 12,427 views

Starting the School Year With a Party

Check out how to make diagnostic testing fun and how pep talks can help launch a success academic year for students.

96 2,014 views

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.

4 3,086 13,938 views

Start the School Year by "Awakening Your Dreamers"

What if your first project was about getting to know the hopes and dreams and talents of your students?

1 2,903 12,595 views

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

39 14,411 76,178 views

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Teachers can inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

12 4,948 69,634 views

Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video

Check out each of these distinctive videos that show educators, parents, and school leaders what social-emotional learning looks like in action in the classroom.

42 1,279 6,717 views



Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

1 724 72,151 views

Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy)

If you're new to project-based learning, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller eases you into the approach with four suggestions to help you stay sane and begin mastering PBL.

7 237 70,473 views

Why Formative Assessments Matter

Formative assessments matter because teachers make important instructional decisions based on the data they provide.

65 265 70,305 views

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Teachers can inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

12 4,948 69,634 views

5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

23 1,610 64,600 views

Lesson 5: Teaching Directions, Maps, and Coordinates

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

1 10 63,090 views

Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note

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

16 1,474 59,902 views


Join the movement for change