George Lucas Educational Foundation
6-8 Middle School
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.
More Talking in Class, Please
Strategies for facilitating small group and whole class conversations with students in grades 3 to 12.
No Room of One’s Own
Despite the challenges, there are some upsides for middle and high school teachers in changing rooms throughout the day.
Social and Emotional Learning
Life Lessons From Fictional Characters
Writing dialogues between themselves and literary characters can enhance students’ empathy and ability to deal with hardships.
Making the Most of In-Class Book Clubs
Book clubs bring challenges in class management and assessment, but they can lead to improvements in students’ reading ability.
Self-Assessment in Middle School
Inspired by John Hattie, a middle school math teacher encourages students to articulate and measure their own learning.
Improving Reading Skills Through Talking
Partnering on note taking, a strategy developed for struggling readers, helps middle and high school students process what they read.
The Whirligig Aerospace Challenge Lab
Using inexpensive supplies and six engineering practices, students design a paper Mars lander in this simple lesson.
The Value of an Imagined Audience
Guiding student writers to think about a likely audience for their work helps them strengthen a variety of skills.
Starting a Heritage Language Book Club
A book club can help students who mainly use English but speak another language at home gain valuable literacy skills in the home language.
Sparking Curiosity About STEM
A monthly after-school activity guides students to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math.