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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.

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.
Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.
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David Cutler July 18, 2014
An on-campus writing center helps middle and high school students develop their written communication skills. Here are six best practices for launching this resource.
A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.
Nicholas Provenzano July 17, 2014
Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.

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