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


Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun

Pique students' interest and excitement about informational reading by focusing their attention on how to use what they're learning rather than on how they're reading.

7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.

Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

In order to accommodate students with dyslexia, general education teachers must understand what the condition is and what alternate means work best for accessing information.


37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

Last comment 1 day 18 hours ago
22 30,790 71,309 views

16 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Literature

Last comment 2 days 8 hours ago
10 19 1,489 views

Homer Meets High-Tech: Data Visualization and the Classics

Last comment 1 week 3 days ago
4 1,041 5,801 views

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:29
12 990 18,929 views

37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:46
22 30,790 71,309 views

The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift of Words

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:50
3 4,130 17,421 views



Blending Analog and Digital in Student Projects

Students can enhance their hand-drawn and handwritten work (rather than making those media obsolete) through the creative possibilities of a number of fun and useful.

6 639 3,348 views

Teaching Syllables Can Mask Meaningful Morphemes

To help beginning readers grasp the difference between written and spoken language, start with the meaning of the words rather than their syllabic breakdown.

1 1,024 6,361 views

5-Minute Film Festival: Summer Reading for Students

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading, but where to start? There are so many great books out there. This video playlist provides some inspiration to get kids reading over the break.

3 2,093 3,348 views

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers

The seven strategies of highly skilled readers include activating, summarizing, monitoring and clarifying, visualizing and organizing, searching and selecting, questioning, and inferring.

6 9,442 23,770 views

Weaving SEL Skills Into Book Talks

Book Talks provide an ideal way to build students' problem-solving skills by deepening their insights into written materials.

2 1,283 4,185 views

Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

8 7,134 35,989 views

Interactive Fiction in the Classroom

As a classroom tool, interactive fiction sharpens close reading and writing, and logical and critical thinking. It also reinforces systems and design thinking skills.

5 960 6,026 views



Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.

38 6,707 45,865 views

Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.

16 11,759 45,865 views

Teaching Literary Analysis

Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.

14 5,610 43,689 views

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

21 1,980 42,517 views

Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

The perception and treatment of dyslexia is shifting from a symptom-based reaction to a neurological-based understanding of what is primarily an auditory disorder.

11 6,493 41,848 views

Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

8 7,523 41,178 views

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

English teacher and connected educator Michelle Lampinen shows how weekly blogging assignments can transform a high school classroom into a community of enthusiastic writers.

60 600 40,843 views


Join the movement for change