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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.

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

Are students ready for the homework you give them? Consider assigning less of it, letting students choose assignments, and using it for review and assessment.

To Teach Facts, Start with Feelings

Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.

It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

Consider these nine ways to teach with mistakes, including removing the stigma from error, explaining wrong answers, and helping students see mistakes as growth experiences.

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.

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Put Working Memory to Work in Learning

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks

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Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

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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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Focus on the Process and Results Will Follow

Great sports coaches focus on player growth and development for the ultimate win. Educators can follow suit by focusing on student learning rather than test scores.

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Resources on Engaging Student Voices

Explore resources related to recognizing and valuing student knowledge, input, and expertise and building student-centered learning environments where students make decisions about how learning happens.

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4 Early-Year Keys for Effective Classroom Discipline

Effective classroom management starts at the beginning of the year when a teacher clearly and respectfully lays out behavior standards and methods for handling misbehavior.

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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.

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Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time, and Tears

Professional development specialist Otis Kriegel offers seven logistical tips for new elementary teachers to help them relax and stay focused on delivering the best possible instruction.

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Climate Control: 6 Ways to Improve Your School Environment

Educational consultant and blogger Allen Mendler suggests six ways for any teacher to improve his or her school climate.

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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper-Learning Outcomes

Incorporate deeper learning as you empower students to seek knowledge from many sources, use tools relevant to their lives, and embrace the lessons of failure.

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Brain-Compatible Study Strategies

Guest blogger Lori Desautels details a set of brain-compatible study strategies for fifth graders, although these methods could be adapted for use at any age.

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Engaging Students in Math

Blogger and teacher Jose Vilson advocates for math literacy and suggests ways in which teachers can make this easier for their students.

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