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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.

Guest blogger Alice Keeler introduces playsheets, gamified worksheet apps that sweeten skill-and-drill by increasing student self-efficacy through the challenge-and-reward model they associate with a gaming environment.
Summer is a great time for teachers to enroll in a MOOC -- a "Massive Open Online Course." Blogger Matt Davis highlights a few summer courses to consider.
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns proves that technology has a place in the great outdoors with her list of iPad apps to help kids identify birds and trees, navigate with maps, tie knots, and explore national parks.
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson suggests several employment alternatives to teaching summer school.
Guest blogger Dan Carlin, historian and podcaster, examines why history lessons often don't stick. With the help of a downloadable audio file, he suggests making history exciting by making it about subjects that matter to students.
Eileen Mattingly June 2, 2014
Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly suggests three foreign films - 'Whale Rider,' 'Please Vote for Me,' and 'Like Stars on Earth' - as fun starting points for globally-focused summer learning activities.
Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers up tips for parents, such as taking museum trips, to keep their children active and learning this summer.
Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.
"Science Bob" Pflugfelder June 2, 2014
Science popularizer and guest blogger 'Science Bob' Pflugfelder offers parents three experiments - Blobs in a Bottle, the Exploding Lunch Bag, and Film Canister Rockets - to delight and engage young scientists over summer vacation.

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