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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 Power of "I Don't Know"

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Business Students Dive into the "Shark Tank"

Guest blogger David West describes what happened when the TV show 'Shark Tank' inspired him to teach his high school students how entrepreneurship really works through a project concluding with feedback from actual business leaders.

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3 Next Steps for Developing Girls' Leadership

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar encourages developing girls' leadership through exploring with them the many definitions for leadership and discussing the importance of taking action.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Edutopia blogger suggests teacher inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

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National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers

Blogger Matt Davis covers the best teaching resources for National Nutrition Month in March.

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Beyond the Ban: Revisiting In-School Internet Access

Guest blogger Tom Whitby revisits why schools originally banned Internet use, explains how antiquated such bans have become, and advocates for a curriculum of Internet training and a school culture of common sense use.

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Common Core and Planning: Organizing a Unit of Instruction

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how the Common Core allows for creativity in the ways teachers can plan a unit, and suggests several strategies for hitting the standards while still exercising your free will.

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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math
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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math

An Oregon elementary school has improved test scores by integrating math across all subject areas and focusing on teacher training.

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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning
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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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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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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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Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, share the exciting possibilities for improving student learning by teaching young people about how their brains learn.

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Do You Write with Your Students?

Blogger Rebecca Alber shares how writing and reading with your students can make a difference.

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