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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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

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The Power of an Invested Teacher

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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes

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Focus on the Process and Results Will Follow

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Cultivating Practical Optimism: A Key to Getting the Best from Your Brain

Increase the likelihood of successful results in your students by cultivating an attitude about life that relies on taking realistic, positive action.

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The Flipped Class: Formative Assessment
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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: 5 Steps for Formative Assessment

With the five-step mastery check, flipped learning teachers can quickly determine who understands the work, who's struggling, and who hasn't even watched the video.

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Making School About Connection

To create meaningful experiences and possibilities for students, let's begin by recognizing them as people and remaking schools and classrooms to value the human experience.

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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes

Incorporate deeper learning as you empower students to seek knowledge from many sources, use tools relevant to their lives, and embrace the lessons of failure.

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How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English

When you engage your English-language learners through the power, fun, and sharing of narrative, the formal elements of language acquisition will follow more easily.

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The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone?
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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.

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Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.

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6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

Blogger Rebecca Alber shares scaffolding strategies to use in your lessons. (Updated 01/2014)

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.

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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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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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Big Ideas for Better Schools: Ten Ways to Improve Education

Ideas for students, teachers, schools, and communities.

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