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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.

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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.

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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.

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Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

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Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

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The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

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Mindful Facilitation: Don’t Do Something, Just Stand There

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Conversing, Consulting, and Creating

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Digital Spaces: 12 Best Practices for Multimedia Learning

Design online course content by following best practices to reduce students' cognitive load and prevent the words, pictures, and media from over-stimulating and inhibiting learning.

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Designing Learning That Matters

Foster deep learning experiences for your students by using inquiry, seeking lessons and projects that inspire, always asking "why?", and letting them loose on projects.

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100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom

After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.

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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.

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How Games Can Extend Learning After the Bell

Games can provide ideal conditions for informal learning. Strong, immersive engagement means that students may not require (or desire) a classroom setting for learning.

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Level-Up With 5 High School Novels About Games

For game-obsessed ELA students, consider game-centered novels like Through the Looking Glass, Ender's Game, Ready Player One, Lucky Wander Boy, and The Glass Bead Game.

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

One chemistry teacher describes how, through incremental learning goals, formative assessments, and differentiation, she inspires her students to work harder and recognize their potential.

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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods

Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom. And now we have the research to prove it.

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Ditching the Desk

Remove the teacher's desk and students feel more comfortable and less intimidated, teachers feel more active and engaged, and classroom learning happens in a shared space.

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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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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

Guest blogger and master teaching specialist Margaret Regan describes three strategies that can promote independent thinking in classrooms.

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Six tips for helping both new and seasoned teachers have a successful first day of school.

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear.

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