George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

A student works at a desk in front of a whiteboard covered with equations.

Four of the skills used to solve computer science problems can be applied in other classes as well.

Two second-grade girls role-play a scenario.

Social and Emotional Learning
Role-Play as an SEL Teaching Tool

Skills connected to social and emotional learning can be taught using situations drawn from students’ lives.

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A student consults with his teacher about a math problem.

Tips for building student choice into your formative assessments.

A picture of children planting vegetables in a garden.

Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.

A teacher works with a group of students.

Many teachers use Norman Webb’s framework in developing assignments, but it can also be shared with students to help them develop literacy skills.

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Teaching Strategies
You Can’t Cover Everything

Teachers have mandated content to cover, but also seek to develop skills that students will use long after they have forgotten rote facts.

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A female teacher in a blue shirt and glasses is sitting in a classroom alone, looking at papers.

Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.

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Illustration of various characters rising out of the pages of an open book

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity in your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.

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An elementary grade level teacher stands at a table giving instruction while young children are writing.

Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.

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A teacher helps a young girl calm down to deal with a stressful situation.

Social and Emotional Learning
A Toolkit for Students in Crisis

An elementary school assistant principal shares a few ideas for how to help students calm down and regain self-control.

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Illustration showing a page of cursive with a typewriter, computer, and smartphone

Technology is gradually replacing cursive instruction—but have we taken stock of what we’re losing?

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Vonda Viland, the principal of Black Rock Continuation High School

The principal of an alternative school opens up about the challenges and rewards of shepherding at-risk kids to graduation.

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Students line up in front of classroom.

Teaching Strategies
Mastering Classroom Transitions

Move students in and out of class and between activities smoothly to save valuable instruction time.

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