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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.

Ainissa Ramirez @ainissaramirez February 23, 2016
Young children are always asking "why?" because humans are born scientists. We can nurture this by modeling the value of curiosity, exploration, and experimentation.
Incorporating brain breaks and focused-attention practices into the school day can invite novelty and quiet while boosting students' brain health and knowledge acquisition.
During revision, students should work closely together, share often, discuss models, add details, delete the unnecessary, and rearrange for clarity and effect.
Mark Phillips draws compelling case studies (for both students and teachers) from a masterful French film about the tensions and possibilities in a multicultural classroom.
By building in similar learning objectives, starting from different driving questions, and working in flexible learning spaces, PBL projects can foster collaboration between different grade levels.
Susan Barber February 19, 2016
Instead of being their editor, teach students the craft of writing through ongoing feedback, freedom to experiment, self-editing skills, strengthening content and ideas, and encouraging reflection.
Dissolve stereotype threat and increase identity safety by affirming all types of identity, modeling strategic vulnerability, inviting students into self-authorship, and creating identity safe classroom agreements.
Ben Johnson February 19, 2016
Many of us would agree that good teaching is about designing instruction that directly builds knowledge and skills found on a test or assessment. 
Matthew Farber, Ed.D. February 18, 2016
By creating and self-producing viral videos about their PBL topic, thinking like filmmakers will enhance students' ownership and deepen their learning.
Differentiate the content, process, and product of your PBL lessons with tools and practices like Learning Profile Cards, narrative feedback, and design thinking.

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