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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Teaching Strategies

Discover and share best practices for improving your teaching craft -- delivering instruction, engaging students, reaching struggling students, and more.

Backpacks, Planners, and Binders, Oh MY!

Support students in organizing their space, time, and backpacks so that they'll perform better and develop the efficiency that will help them later in life.

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

Trees of Knowledge

Maybe teaching isn't about delivering information. Maybe it's really about providing a landscape where curiosity takes root, growing a unique, vibrant, continual source of knowledge.

New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources.

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.

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Small, Safe Steps for Introducing Games to the Classroom

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Help Wanted! Seeking Alternative Ways of Teaching History

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Is Homework Helpful?: The 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask

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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

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A Guide to Game-Based Learning

A quick look at game modalities can help you approach game-based learning via single- or multiplayer, one-time or persistent, game or simulation . . .

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5 Ways to Design Effective Rewards for Game-Based Learning

The mindset for game-based learning begins with setting up student expectations for recognition and reward. And remember, this isn't about grades (at least not directly).

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

Middle school ELA teacher Laura Bradley describes how the National Novel Writing Month Project turned her eighth-graders into motivated, inspired novelists.

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Small, Safe Steps for Introducing Games to the Classroom

To successfully introduce games into your classroom, play them first, make them voluntary, and think of them as tools for differentiation and building classroom culture.

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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Backpacks, Planners, and Binders, Oh MY!

Support students in organizing their space, time, and backpacks so that they'll perform better and develop the efficiency that will help them later in life.

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"Whatever! You Think I Care?"

Young people often say harsh things. Here's a guide to what they probably mean, and seven suggestions for reaching an understanding in a calmer moment.

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

Studies show that note-taking with pen or pencil is critical to processing and representing information, something that students lose when tapping on a keyboard.

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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin proposes five strategies, including use of props and questionnaires, to make classroom discussions more exciting.

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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods

Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom. And now we have the research to prove it.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Guest blogger Alfred Posamentier, Dean of Mercy College's School of Education, presents nine intrinsic motivation strategies for engaging students in secondary math classes.

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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.

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Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, identifies the problem of 'Q&A teaching' and offers five tips for teachers to examine and improve their modeling and direct instruction practice.

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