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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Physical Education

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop physical fitness and health.
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Room to Move: Shared Use Creates Opportunities for Physical Activity

Partnering with local government, schools can create safe community spaces where children enjoy outdoor physical activity. Here are five steps to make that a reality.

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Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

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Moving Forward: It's Time to Rethink Physical Education

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Schools Exercise Fresh Methods to Keep Kids Active

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Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

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Need Help from My Fellow Physical Educators

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Schools Exercise Fresh Methods to Keep Kids Active

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Study: The Neuroscience Behind Exercise and Math Ability

Neuroscience research sheds light on how exercise can boost math ability.

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A teenage female in a pink t-shirt, black exercise pants, and purple tennis shoes is lying on the grass with her legs raised straight up and her hands reaching towards her feet.
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Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

Strength training, regular exercise, better rest, and enjoying all of this activity makes you fit, alert, and positive for the physically demanding job of teaching.  

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Mindfulness at School Outside the Classroom

To help students understand the power of mindfulness, consider practicing it outside of a classroom setting, whether through sports activities, wilderness programs, or retreats.

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The Specials: Curriculum Enrichment Builds a Positive School Culture

Symonds Elementary's music, art, PE, and media teachers weave their practices into the fabric of the community, getting to know each student while enriching the school culture.

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Three teenage students in a classroom, standing side by side, are holding another student and giving a thumbs up.
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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment.

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Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning
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Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning

Students at Casey Middle learn more (and feel good about it) in a combined language arts/fitness class that boosts their cognition with aerobic and anaerobic activities.

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National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers

Explore some of the best teaching resources for National Nutrition Month in March.

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Shared Mindfulness: Building Supportive Relationships in the Classroom

By pairing students to sit back to back and focus on their breathing, you can help them develop a sense of mutuality and social awareness.

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

Along with physical strength, a little exercise helps kids build brainpower.

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Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.

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Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education

Kinesthetic learning, especially for middle school girls, connects the act of acquiring knowledge with physical movement, breaking through the barriers of self-image and perceived limitations.

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Using Music in the Elementary Classroom (Warning: It May Get Loud)

Classroom-tested song recommendations for a wide variety of activities -- from clean-up time, to art or free activities, to cursive writing.

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Three teenage students in a classroom, standing side by side, are holding another student and giving a thumbs up.
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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment.

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Quick Classroom Exercises to Make Learning Lively
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Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively

Four techniques for mental clarity from fitness expert Joel Kirsch.

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To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, presents research about the SEL benefits of school recess, and offers five steps toward improving school climate by improving what happens on the playground.

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