George Lucas Educational Foundation

9-12 High School

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

  • Literacy

    A Social Justice Framing for the Classics

    Scaffolding discussions on race and socioeconomic difference in classic literary works can help make them accessible for teen readers.
  • New Teachers

    Incorporating SEL as a New Teacher

    For young teachers, their age can be both an obstacle and an advantage when teaching social and emotional learning.
  • Literacy

    6 Tips for Teaching Poetry Writing to Teens

    Writing poetry is a way for middle and high school students to explore hard-to-describe aspects of their lives.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    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.
  • Classroom Management

    60-Second Strategy: Appreciation, Apology, Aha!

    A quick, low-key way to build community in your classroom on a daily basis.
  • Mental Health

    60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
  • The Research Is In

    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.
  • Literacy

    Teaching Students to Paraphrase

    Ideas for scaffolding paraphrasing so that students correctly learn this valuable but difficult-to-master skill.
  • Communication Skills

    Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Guiding Students to Apply What They Learn

    A state Teacher of the Year used project-based learning to push her students to think critically and apply their learning in math.
  • Professional Development

    Using Video for Professional Development

    When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
  • Learning Environments

    Learning to Be Flexible

    For middle and high school teachers who avoid lecturing, the switch to flexible seating means the room aligns with their teaching style.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Elevating Student Voice Through Senior Talks

    High school seniors build confidence by documenting their growth and learning in a speech presented to their families and the school community.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Group Work That Works

    Educators weigh in on solutions to the common pitfalls of group work.
  • Lesson Plans

    Studying Female Poets to Understand History

    Women have often been omitted from histories, but the work of female poets can give students a needed perspective.