George Lucas Educational Foundation

9-12 High School

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 9-12.

  • Designing Lessons for Engagement

    Activities that get students out of their chairs and moving in the room can help them engage with course content, even in high school.
  • 4 Ways to Get Students Moving in Class

    Build students’ sense of engagement by incorporating activities that get them out of their seats to work with course content.
  • Blended Learning Built on Teacher Expertise

    An inside look at a teacher-designed instructional model that combines blended learning, student self-pacing, and mastery-based grading.
  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
  • There’s a Cell Phone in Your Student’s Head

    A 2017 study found that cell phones that were turned off and stashed away silently reasserted themselves—distracting working students anyway.
  • The Benefits of a High School Psychology Class

    Students gain not just social and emotional learning skills but academic ones like how to conduct and analyze research.
  • Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed

    Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Appreciation, Apology, Aha!

    A quick, low-key way to build community in your classroom on a daily basis.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
  • Learning Math by Seeing It as a Story

    An English teacher co-teaching trigonometry asked students to explain an equation to a child and to turn discrete problems into a story.
  • 22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

    Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.
  • 5 Tips for Decorating Your Classroom

    A quick primer on how to think about the decorations in your classroom, with five research-backed tips for getting it right.
  • Helping Students Beat Test Anxiety

    Fear of failure can prevent students from showing what they know on big tests—but a 10-minute writing exercise can help.
  • Understanding a Teacher’s Long-Term Impact

    Fostering skills like self-regulation does more to improve students’ long-term outcomes than helping them raise their test scores.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.