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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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Study: The Neuroscience Behind Exercise and Math Ability

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

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A large group of special needs students are marching in the street, proudly raising their arms, cheering, and holding a large sign that says, "Hudson High School Special Olympians -- Multi-State Champs in Soccer and Softball."
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Recalling and Rekindling the Spirit that Initiated Special Olympics

The spirit of Special Olympics needs emulation so that doors are more widely open for all -- in schools and social institutions.

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Two teen girls are fighting for a ball on the soccer field.
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4 Ways to Use Athletics to Promote SEL and Character Development

Check out these four ways that athletic experiences promote social and emotional learning and character development.

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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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Two students are standing back to back in the middle of the school hallway. Other students are walking past them, blurred, as if to capture all the students walking through the hallway throughout the day.
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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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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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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, suggest that exercise has physiological and developmental benefits for children's brains and offer ideas for putting a new spin on active learning.

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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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