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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 4Ss of Note Taking With Technology

Any system of note taking (digital or otherwise) helps students master cognitively demanding tasks if it provides support and helps them save, search, and share.

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.

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.

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

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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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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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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.

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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.

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Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Hook students' attention by stimulating their hardwired need to know, and make it a satisfying experience so their brains recognize the value of energy spent learning.

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It's a Snap! 4 Ways to Use Music With Special Needs Students

Special ed teachers should consider music in their classrooms to supplement visuals, teach through students' favorite songs, emphasize rhythm, and generalize lessons into non-musical settings.

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Teaching in the Moment

Teaching can be a lot like improvisational acting when your goals are making your students look good, listening and responding appropriately, and "accepting the offer."

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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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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips

In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom-management tips that are positive, not punitive.

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"What Did You Call Me?" – How to Remember Students’ Names

Blogger Todd Finley shares techniques on how to remember students' names.

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5 Steps to Foster Grit in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers 'grit' as a 21st century skill encompassing real-world qualities like determination, adaptability and reflection, and suggests five steps to foster this mindset in the classroom.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reinforcing his long-held belief that creativity can be taught and assessed, offers a PBL strategy for how to do just that.

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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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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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