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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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Follow Mariah's journey from informal learning as a kid with a passion for science to a young adult on a STEM career path.

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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Setting long-term goals is a key part of learning to be gritty. Teacher Beth Perkins helps her fifth graders evaluate their real-life goals to understand the elements that make up the best ones.

109 16,246 views

Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk

In teacher Amy Lyon’s Perseverance Walk lesson, fifth grade students have an opportunity to interview someone who has worked hard towards a long-term goal, then create and share a presentation to illustrate a life lived with grit.

264 15,537 views

Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series)

In rural New Hampshire, fifth-grade teacher Amy Lyon has created a curriculum based on researcher Angela Duckworth’s ideas about grit. Students set and work toward their own long-term goals, learning valuable lessons about dealing with frustration...

2 441 29,779 views

Sports for the Mind: From PlayStation to Active Learning

Guest blogger Junaid Khan of ChicagoQuest school presents the PlayStation game LittleBigPlanet 2 as a rich source of creative and collaborative learning opportunities, and gives us four tips to maximize learning and assessment.

1 203 8,237 views

Spoken Word Poetry Empowers Students to Use Authentic Voices

High school student Shayanna develops her talents at Youth Speaks, a nonprofit that creates a safe space for young people to explore their writing and performance skills in the service of bettering their communities.

88 9,660 views

Adventures with Dr. Smallz: Creating a Powerful Need to Know

Science teacher Leah Hirsch inspires students' need to know with a microscopic, absent-minded doctor lost in a patient's body who sends the class communiques to help him diagnose and cure.

1 136 9,629 views

High School Teachers Meet the Challenges of PBL Implementation

Teachers at Sammamish High in Washington share their difficulties and triumphs as their school moves from traditional delivery of instruction to schoolwide problem-based learning.

42 12,137 views

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How Canada Is Closing the Achievement Gap (Education Everywhere Series)

In Ontario, schools have raised their test scores and graduation rates by providing resources such as full-time student success teachers, who help English-language learners and other students in need.

2 160 29,859 views

Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series)

In rural New Hampshire, fifth-grade teacher Amy Lyon has created a curriculum based on researcher Angela Duckworth’s ideas about grit. Students set and work toward their own long-term goals, learning valuable lessons about dealing with frustration...

2 441 29,779 views

Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math

An Oregon elementary school has improved test scores by integrating math across all subject areas and focusing on teacher training.

13 55 29,480 views

Boss Level: Collaborative Student-Led Learning at Quest to Learn

Rachelle Vallon, Guidance Counselor and Wellness Coordinator at NYC's Quest to Learn school, describes the how the Boss Level design challenge incorporates SEL and 21st century skills.

4 340 29,242 views

Dor Abrahamson on How To Make Math Meaningful

Dor Abrahamson, professor of cognition and development at the UC Berkeley School of Education, talks about how to increase students' understanding of math.

6 29,221 views

Expanded Learning Time Builds Positive Culture and Academic Performance

Extended learning time allows students to work together in groups to improve their skills and gives them the opportunity to explore extracurricular areas of interest.

1 147 29,085 views

Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning

Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.

2 306 28,980 views

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