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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.

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Students are more likely to do homework if the assignments are engaging, relevant, and reasonable -- and if the teacher makes them accountable for it.
Your teaching practice doesn't have to generate stacks of paper. Evernote, Noteshelf, Doxie, and Google Drive can help you save frustration and trees.
Follow Mariah's journey from informal learning as a kid with a passion for science to a young adult on a STEM career path.
WriteGirl, a non-profit program provides teen girls with creative writing experiences that develop their voice and also their academic skills.
The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.
When students care about an assignment, they're willing to take greater risks and are more likely to excel in their product.
Learn about the advisory classes at Envision Schools where students talk about school or personal issues, work on action plans for tackling projects, and get help in a wide variety of areas.
Teachers who are acoustically aware can do a lot to help students hear more clearly. Read tips on how to do this and also suggestions for minimizing noise distractions in and out of the classroom.
The key to creating a culture of acceptance begins with helping students articulate how they see themselves and the labels they give each other.

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