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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.

Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.
In her first PBL unit, a new teacher learns how giving her students voice and choice will ignite their passions and enhance their learning.
The human brain can organize only so much data. Tools like 30/30, Pocket, and Sunrise can boost your ability to stay informed, connected, and on time.
Brian Sztabnik January 5, 2015
Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.
Fifth grade teachers reflect on grading students in their PBL pilot program without traditional homework, while keeping parents informed and reconsidering the meaning of grades
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher January 2, 2015
Make your New Year epic by learning from your mistakes and moving on, setting audacious goals, and creating everyday memories that will warm and inspire you.
January 1 is the middle of the school year, but it's also an ideal moment for teachers to reset the clock and refresh their expectations.
Raleigh Werberger January 2, 2015
Through teaching their classmates, reflecting on the experience, and refining their presentations, students learn how to create authentic, meaningful work.
Ashley Cronin January 1, 2015
Instead of committing to New Year's resolutions this year, try for scalability with these strategy suggestions for the next five days, five weeks, and five months.

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