Teaching Strategies | Edutopia
Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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.

Feedback for Thinking: Working for the Answer

Instead of helping students by giving them the answers, encourage them to think independently by supplementing your modeling with questions, prompts, and cues.

Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Humor activates the brain's dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.

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.

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.

Discuss

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Last comment 1 week 21 hours ago
134 3,375 616,887 views

Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Last comment 4 days 7 hours ago
13 824 8,893 views

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Last comment 3 days 10 hours ago
14 1,660 37,394 views

3 Things to Consider When Trying New Strategies

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:35
2 42 views

What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:00
3 92 555 views

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:00
6 599 13,439 views

Browse

blog

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).

6 411 6,844 views
blog

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.

6 352 10,079 views
blog

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.

14 327 5,294 views
blog

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.

40 2,592 62,929 views
blog

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.

10 325 10,984 views
blog

"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.

11 212 4,520 views
blog

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.

4 302 4,907 views

Pages

Daniel Goleman: The Emotional Atmosphere of a Classroom Matters
video

Daniel Goleman on the Importance of Cultivating Focus (Video Playlist)

Best-selling author and social-emotional learning pioneer Daniel Goleman offers tips and insights from his new book about how focus drives achievement and success.

14 506 21,838 views
blog

Controlling the Power of Words: Teaching Students How to Confront Insults

Instead of surrendering their power to the person who insults them, students should learn why some words are triggers and how to master their own reactions.

9 702 21,579 views
blog

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.

6 958 21,321 views
blog

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.

11 1,374 21,321 views
blog

Promoting a Culture of Learning

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick proposes using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model - show them, help them, let them - as an authentic means for creating and promoting a culture of learning in your classroom.

8 1,559 21,321 views
blog

Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.

6 234 21,063 views
blog

Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom

Blogger Danielle Moss Lee examines the evidence that some teachers are still treating students of color differently.

6 179 20,287 views

Pages