George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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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.

Students completing an obstacle course in gym class

Student Engagement
Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth mindset.

A teacher encourages a young student in class.

To help students face life’s challenges, teachers should seek to help them develop a broad set of skills.

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A group of teachers and support providers discuss a community walk in Oakland.

When students lead teachers through their communities, the cultural exchange can have a transformational effect on school culture.

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A montage of images of CES schools

Celebrating the impact and influence of CES—with the people who knew it best.

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Two girls work on their homework side by side.

Differentiated Instruction
A Little Help With Your Homework

How to guide your students to self-differentiate their homework—without creating more work for yourself.

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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 discusses paperwork with two parents.

A veteran teacher shares what she’s learned in the course of 26 years. Big picture: A little empathy goes a long way.

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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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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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Four teachers meeting at a table

It isn’t always easy to shift to a teacher-driven, collaborative school culture—but it is worthwhile. Here’s one way to do it.

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