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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.

Joshua Block September 9, 2014
In order to find value in their learning, students need to find their voices. Teachers can encourage student participation by enabling rather than enforcing it.
Ramona Persaud September 8, 2014
To maximize learning potential, classrooms should be open, comfortable, well lit, and visually stimulating. Strategic use of existing space can make a big difference, too.
Teacher prep time is precious, but with good personal discipline and clear understanding with your colleagues, you can set aside the time you need.
Todd Finley September 5, 2014
A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.
As the school year begins, it's important for teachers to remember the difference between rules and routines in the classroom.
In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom-management tips that are positive, not punitive.
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for managing middle school kids.

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