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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.

For parents, students, and administrators to make flipped learning a success, they must understand the best possible outcome and their roles in making it happen.
An instructional development director from a charter schools network in the San Francisco area shares his plan for acquiring 300 donated digital reading devices for students.
Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.
Bob Dillon December 15, 2014
Teachers can use their students' world of digital media to nurture the listening, sharing, and persuasion that have long been part of oral and written storytelling.
Deepen students' reflective process by offering them different perspectives from which they can empathize, ask questions, and relate the answers to the world they know.
Ramona Persaud December 12, 2014
Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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Following the grand juries decisions in Ferguson and New York to not indict police officers in the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, educators may think it important to keep their opinions out of discussion so students can form their own.
Borrow a strategy from Isaac Newton and have your students keep a journal of their questions as they grow their own ideas for personalized learning.
Joshua Block December 11, 2014
Students lack experience yet have valid perspectives about bettering their world. They learn when we give them agency to start working toward those changes.

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