George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

Now Hiring: Flipped Learning Architects

Before flipping your class, think like an architect instead of a video producer, because the medium of instruction ultimately matters less than the desired outcomes.

Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year.

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

Discuss

Thoughts on a Change in Curriculum

Last comment 2 weeks 3 days ago
3 50 views

Design Thinking and PBL

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago
37 1,173 27,691 views

Let's Discuss Curriculum Design

Last comment 3 weeks 3 days ago
2 2 33 views

4 Truths About Teaching English Language Learners

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:00
1 97 views

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:00
5 1,271 views

Inspiring Young Writers With Minecraft

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 06:00
2 199 4,914 views

Browse

Adults and children are sitting in maroon movie theater chairs.
Article

Financial Literacy: Addressing Student, Family, and Community Needs

Whether or not students see their families struggling, a personal finance class teaches them how accountability, spending wisely, and saving can help them live within their means.

2 548 3,283 views
Two young women are squatting by a table in a classroom; one of them is reaching into a cardboard box that's part of a display.
Article

3 PBL Practices to Empower Students

Empower students in PBL settings by framing the purpose for learning, intentionally structuring collaboration and choice, and using appropriate scaffolds for learning and revision.

102 13,611 views
Teacher standing talking with a student as they watch a girl pouring liquid into cups at a counter
Article

Aligning the Projects With the Standards

PBL can align with CCSS when teachers, knowing their kids' interests and abilities, let projects evolve to meet student needs as well as the standards.

8 175 10,318 views
illustration of a dollar bill
Article

Financial Mentoring: Teaching Toward an Affordable Future

Teach elementary students about banking by generating excitement in the project, building it into the curriculum, partnering with parents and community, and careful planning.

754 2,579 views
High, overhead view of two people sitting at a table on a patterned concrete floor with no one else around
Article

8 Living Artists Every Educator Should Know

Teachers can inspire students by bringing the lives and works of contemporary artists into the classroom.

11 237 19,947 views
Two teachers are sitting in a classroom, calculating money.
Article

When Financial Education Hits Close to Home

The Home Ownership Project is a real-world project that helps students appreciate the power of personal finance.

1 58 1,876 views
Two students are sitting, and one student is standing, all their hands are touching a popsicle stick bridge that they're gluing together.
Article

Designing Learning That Matters

Foster deep learning experiences for your students by using inquiry, seeking lessons and projects that inspire, always asking "why?", and letting them loose on projects.

7 197 17,131 views

Pages

Article

Does Spelling Count?

Guest blogger Shira Loewenstein, asked by her students whether spelling counts, comes back with a fascinating question of her own: why is the continuum of learning broken down into a handful of unrelated subjects?

18 1,260 41,537 views
Article

Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day

Empathy is an important skill. In honor of Valentine's Day, Matt Davis has gathered a variety of great resources to help teachers bring lessons about compassion and caring into the classroom.

4 3,642 41,302 views
Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem
video

Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

Students in Eeva Reeder's geometry class design schools for 2050.

15 83 41,302 views
Girl working at a plywood table covered with materials
Article

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch

Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum.

2 205 40,833 views
Article

Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis discusses the benefits of teaching elementary students how their brains work.

15 3,293 39,190 views
A young woman reads a heavily annotated book.
Article

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.

3 7,096 39,104 views
Student sitting on the floor working on his laptop
article

Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.

3 86 38,251 views

Pages