George Lucas Educational Foundation

9-12 High School

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in high school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

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Schools and the "instaself" Lives of Teens

As the app world encourages students to turn inward, schools can serve the critical role of reconnecting them to the world where they actually live. Schools and the "instaself" Lives of Teens

The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help)

Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.

Class Discussion to Encourage Critical Thinking

For high school educators, this list of resources, guides, and downloads will help you implement Socratic seminars and other classroom discussion models that encourage critical thinking.

Common Core Math: Best Resources for High School Educators

Looking for Common-Core-aligned resources for mathematics? Explore this compilation of useful CCSS math resources for high school educators.

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Collaboration: How to Transfer Skills Outside of the Classroom?

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

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How to Organize a Design Project for Your Class

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

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Race and the Literary Canon

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

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Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

Journalism—the first rough draft of history—reinforces information gathering, effective writing skills, and audience engagement.

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Setting Students Up for College Success

Get a look at a dual-enrollment program that prepares high school students to overcome the obstacles on the path to finishing college.

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.

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Race and the Literary Canon

Middle and high school teachers can re-examine classic novels by exploring issues around race and social justice with students.

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Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media

Four tips for including the news in your curriculum while helping students cope with the abundance of negative stories.

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11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.

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Journaling the Old-School Way

In a class where every student has a laptop, there’s still an argument to be made for keeping a pen-and-paper journal.

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Bell Ringer Exercises

Because of pressure to teach bell-to-bell -- the pedagogical equivalent of force-feeding geese to make foie gras -- many classrooms now start with bell work, short exercises that students complete while the instructor attends to attendance and other...

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields...

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.

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6 Engaging End-of-Year Projects

I don't know about your students, but so many of mine, coupled with Senioritis, were done after state testing. With just a few precious weeks left in the school year, what do you do to keep the kids energized and on board with learning? One thing I knew for...

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

I notice several students listening to music while busy at work. I have no good reason to ask that they remove their headphones and turn off their devices. I ask one student why music helps her concentrate. "It soothes me and makes me less stressed," she says...

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5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers five classroom end-of-the-year activities for engaging your graduating students.

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