George Lucas Educational Foundation
6-8 Middle School
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.
Scaffolding Complex Sentences
Sentence stems can be valuable in leading middle school writers to make inferences about course content.
Agriculture Students Harness Innovation
Students in school-based farming programs are exploring everything from hydroponics to robotics to entrepreneurship.
How Learning Happens
Encouraging Academic Conversations With Talk Moves
Sentence starters that students use to join a class discussion encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness.
Improving Reading Outcomes for Economically Disadvantaged Students
A teacher at a Title I school shares classroom and school-wide strategies to improve students’ reading trajectories.
Establishing a Culture of Questioning
When students consistently ask meaningful questions, they get comfortable taking the risks that lead to learning.
60 Second-Strategy: Cooperative Learning Roles
Giving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.
Discovering the Depth in Graphic Novels
Graphic novels can give middle school readers rich opportunities to explore literary themes and conventions.
Explorations: Making Curiosity Part of the Curriculum
Student-designed electives put kids' passions at the forefront of their learning.
Learning on Their Feet
Vertical learning—a framework for high quality group work—showcases student thinking for everyone to see.
Design Thinking: A Problem Solving Framework
Students learn to empathize with others around the globe while solving real-world problems.