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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.

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

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Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Five Steps to Better Writing

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Connecting with Students on the Fringes

Edutopia blogger Joshua Block addresses the difficulties of connecting with and including disengaged students in the classroom, and shares an informal five-point checklist that helps him bring these students from the fringes into the mainstream.

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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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Like a Wood Duck: Finding Peace in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson suggests that keeping a calm life as a teacher includes having lessons thoroughly prepared and not taking anything personally from students.

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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

Guest blogger and middle school teacher Josh Work suggests that the school media specialist can be your most valuable resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing a technology-enhanced approach to the Common Core.

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Class Discussion to Encourage Critical Thinking: Resources for Grades 9-12

For high school educators, this list of resources, guides, and downloads will help you implement Socratic seminars and other classroom discussion models that encourage critical thinking.

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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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Common Core and Planning: Organizing a Unit of Instruction

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how the Common Core allows for creativity in the ways teachers can plan a unit, and suggests several strategies for hitting the standards while still exercising your free will.

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Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

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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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How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success

Encouraging students to reach out to each other to solve problems and share knowledge builds collaborative skills and leads to deeper learning at The College Preparatory School.

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley considers whole class discussion and presents ample research about what works best.

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Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

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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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Tips for Beating the Clock in the Classroom

Blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers avoid such time wasters as passing out papers and writing on the board during class time.

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