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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Fourth and fifth graders develop a service learning project that prepares meals for their school community and donates the proceeds to a county food bank.
Ainissa Ramirez July 23, 2014
Nobody likes boredom, yet research has shown that restless, wandering minds are capable of greater creativity than those bombarded by data and enmeshed in multitasking.
Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.
Will Pemble became CoasterDad when his son's backyard roller coaster idea turned into a massive PBL project integrating math, physics, and 21st century skills.
The core of a successful flipped learning program is customized, watchable, functional video. Here are four tips for creating and integrating high-quality video content.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher July 21, 2014
From new technology to everyday materials to rebooting school woodshop and home ec classes, makerspaces challenge students to open their minds and expand their skillsets.
Successful technology integration must include an element of reflection to stay focused on how individual teachers and learners will use this technology in the classroom.
Through the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of technology, school communities can function more easily in supporting students and keeping parents informed.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron July 20, 2014
When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher July 18, 2014
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.

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