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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.

Beth Holland June 30, 2014
Three digital learning tools, much like an empty cardboard box full of open-ended possibilities, offer young minds the free play of imagination.
Watch as one high school student is asked challenging questions from a panel as she defends her senior thesis and portfolio.
The best way for raising teachers' technology abilities is through a coordinated, district-wide, individualized training program -- because effective staff development is personal.
John Larmer June 30, 2014
Looking for practical applications of grit? Try project-based learning and move beyond character education to teach students how stuff gets done in the real world.
Many textbooks aren't even close to authentic reading experiences. Minimize student struggle by identifying purpose, assigning reasonable homework, and teaching them to self-monitor for understanding.
To better understand students' relationship with digital reading, consider these three summer challenges for yourself: academic reading via browser, PDF, and eBook.
Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.
Teaching takes creativity so here's some suggestions for engaging in some playful learning this summer.
Combine the traditional escape and enrichment of summer reading with social media resources for sharing discoveries with like-minded educators and readers.

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