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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.

John McCarthy January 27, 2016
Feedback is necessary for learning. Be constructive, kind, and specific. Find strategies for responding promptly to student work, and give them opportunities to reflect before revising.  
Mark Phillips makes guest appearance as "the teacher's dad," sharing his writing process with his daughter's students and answering their questions about rhetorical strategy.
Teach the 2016 U.S. presidential election with this curated collection, featuring lesson plans, multimedia, and interactive games for K-12 students.
Seeking to learn from what happens in the classroom, teacher researchers are innovators, curriculum drivers, agents of school change, and directors of their own professional development.
A technology director for your school or district needs to have other vital skills that go beyond knowing technology and networking.
Consider letting students decide what they want to study, who they want to work with, what outcomes they expect, and where and when they do their work.
Elena Aguilar January 22, 2016
Schools need leaders who don't yet think they are leaders and those of us teachers who are apprehensive about embracing the roles and responsibilities of leadership.
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher January 22, 2016
An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.
Students experience deeper learning and start thinking outside the box when their teachers collaborate to present different aspects of the same subject across various disciplines.
Six steps toward classroom equity include knowing every child, celebrating their potential, recognizing their challenges, becoming flexible, making it safe to fail, and using culture as a resource.  

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