George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning
6-8 Middle School
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.
A Guide to Teaching Writing With Minecraft
Using the popular game in station rotation activities during distance learning is a way to bring an element of play and collaboration to writing assignments.
Making the Most of Synchronous Sessions in PBL
In planning project-based learning units, teachers can maximize students’ time together by focusing on collaboration and feedback.
Using the Election as a Teaching Tool
With careful planning, teachers can use the election to foster social and emotional learning and connect math, literacy, and social studies lessons.
8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom
Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?
Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
Engaging Students in Virtual Instruction With the Camera Off
Giving students the option to turn their cameras off may make them more comfortable and open up new possibilities for teaching.
How to Create Community in a Virtual Classroom
By establishing routines that address the challenges of online learning, teachers can help students in grades 3 to 8 feel a sense of belonging.
7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them
Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
How to Make Station Rotation Work During Hybrid Learning
Implementing this method makes dividing a teacher’s time between students in class and those working at home much easier.
Isolated Students May Struggle to Stay Mentally Healthy
Teachers can build strong relationships with and between students to help them get through this very challenging time.
How to Choose Words That Motivate Students During Online Learning
Framing assignments in student-centric rather than teacher-centric ways can encourage engagement and persistence in learning.
Adapting Reading Comprehension Instruction to Virtual Learning
In distance learning, teachers can adapt many of the strategies they would use in the classroom to promote reading skills.
7 Ways to Help Kids Start Middle School When They’re Rarely in the Building
Bridging the transition between elementary and middle school is always important—but this year’s strategies will require some rethinking.
7 Guidelines for Setting Up Clear Online Lessons
The way a lesson is laid out online can make all the difference in whether a student can follow along and execute it successfully.
Why Reading Aloud to Middle School Students Works
The benefits of reading aloud aren’t limited to elementary students. One middle school teacher explains how “read-alongs” improve comprehension and boost engagement.