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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.

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with the three critical elements of healthy child and youth development: connection, contribution, and competence.

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.

Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

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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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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SOLE: Motivate Students to Teach Themselves (and Each Other)

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

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MOOCing It: 10 Tips for Creating Compelling Video Content

Edutopia blogger and science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez delivers ten pointers to help you avoid repeating her mistakes as you create compelling, enduring video content for your MOOC.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

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Common Core in Action: ELA

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns suggests a few strategies and apps to integrate technology in curriculum aligned with the ELA Common Core.

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Ideas for Implementing Literacy Common Core in the Non-ELA Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller provides four ideas for implementing the Common Core Literacy Standards when teaching non-ELA subjects.

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley presents an overview of bell work - short, focused exercises to help students make the most of valuable classroom time.

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Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days

Beth Holland of EdTech Teacher presents five practical steps for the first five days of the school year in an iPad-enabled classroom.

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How to Get Projects Off to a Good Start

Blogger Suzie Boss gives tips for getting projects off the ground.

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Introducing Mobile Technology Into Your Classroom: Structures and Routines

Teacher and blogger Monica Burns explains how a few simple structures and routines can scaffold a successful 1:1 classroom.

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Practical PBL Series: Design an Instructional Unit in Seven Phases

In this first of a three-part series, teacher and blogger Amber Graeber presents the Seven Phases of a Project Cycle, a practical breakdown of how you might guide your students through a PBL unit.

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Modeling: Essential for Learning

Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea discusses the importance of instruction by modeling, and takes her examples from possible lessons that meet the Common Core Standards.

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Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron describes how she uses checklists with students to develop their big-picture skills, know what to expect and what's expected of them and, most importantly, help them become more organized!

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The Importance of Play in Preparing for Standardized Testing

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests playing with the standardized test format to build student familiarity and confidence for what needn't be such a dreaded event.

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Teach Kids to Use the Four-Letter Word

Guest blogger Joe Hirsch, award-winning teacher leader and curriculum developer, talks about a powerful four-letter word - grit - and why teachers shouldn't be afraid of demonstrating and encouraging their students how to use it.

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