George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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A primer for ensuring that students’ personal information remains confidential on social media.

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First-year teachers may feel that taking a strict approach with their students is best. A second-year teacher makes a case for compassion.

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High school students read novels in class.

Reading a novel together as a class builds community, pushes everyone to do the work, and still allows for differentiation.

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A roomful of kids design games around real-world problems.

Game jams—game creation sessions—can be used in any class to spark learning. Bonus: There’s a free lesson plan to help you get started.

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Interest-Based Learning
Genius Hour in Elementary School

A teacher shares what she did and what she learned when she implemented Genius Hour in her fifth-grade class.

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Students use tablets for formative assessment while a teacher in the foreground leads them.

Formative assessment is a snap with games and other tools that let you see how students answer questions and review material.

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A girl plays hopscotch, unconsciously drawing on natural math capabilities.

Symbolic math can be hard to grasp, so we have tips to help you build on the natural math sense your kids already have.

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A light-filled classroom corner

A classroom designer walks you through the process of redesigning your room, with videos to inspire you.

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An angry-looking teacher stands with her hands on her hips beside two students.

Classroom Management
Responding to Disruptive Students

Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.

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Illustration of a girl standing on a hill holding a kite

In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.

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A slide from the writer's Splat PowerPoint lessons

Using simple images, the Splat! lessons teach a range of math concepts at different levels of difficulty. Download 50 free lessons.

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Two students look at their phones in class.

Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the distraction factor.

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Four crumpled balls of paper and a lit light bulb illustrate the idea that success comes after failures.

Social and Emotional Learning
A Classroom Full of Risk Takers

State teachers of the year explain how they make students feel safe enough to take risks—and then push them to do so.

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