George Lucas Educational Foundation

6-8 Middle School

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.

  • Starting the Year in Reading on the Right Foot

    Like runners, middle and high school readers get better with practice, goals, and individual feedback.
    Chris D’Ippolito
  • Finding Reputable Online Resources for Distance Learning

    There’s so much information available online that the challenge becomes sorting through it to find accurate, objective materials.
  • Creating an Inclusive Virtual Classroom

    Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.
  • Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems

    Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall.
  • Adapting Science Lessons for Distance Learning

    With a little creativity, students can still take part in science experiments and discussions while learning at home.
  • Distance Learning Strategies to Bring Back to the Classroom

    When schools closed, teachers were forced to get creative—and they’ve learned things they can use when they’re back at school.
  • 6 Strategies for Successful Distance Learning

    Teachers can create an environment in which both they and their students feel empowered for remote teaching and learning.
  • 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.
    Laura Lee
  • Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

    Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
  • Self-Driven Learning Relies on Relationships

    Seemingly insignificant details can provide insight on individual students and ways to engage them.
  • How to Boost Students’ Sense of Optimism

    Students who don’t see a bright future for themselves may have trouble getting motivated for school, but a trauma-informed approach can improve their expectations.
  • Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
  • Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment

    When the world feels dangerous, harnessing learning can provide some measure of clarity and perspective.
  • Going Beyond ‘How Are You Feeling?’

    When students have the language to describe their feelings and needs, they are better equipped to help themselves and each other.