George Lucas Educational Foundation


You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these articles, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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Place-Based Learning

Turning the Community Into a Classroom

See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
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Brain-Based Learning

The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.
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Seated at a kitchen table, a female adult assists a young female child with a writing assignment.
Parent Partnership

When Your Child Has a Mediocre Teacher

If the teacher isn’t great, you can help your kid take charge of their own learning.
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Formative Assessment

Eliminate Assessment Fog

To get a clear picture of student achievement from assessments, don’t give or take away points for things that aren’t related to the core content.
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Teacher Development

How to Make IEP Meetings More Effective

Transform the individualized education program meeting from a mandatory evaluative process into a student-centered discussion.
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Facing a large monitor, three elementary school-aged boys play a video game.
Social and Emotional Learning

How Gaming Connects to SEL and Career Readiness

Leverage your students’ interests in gaming to build social and emotional learning—skills that will be valuable in their future jobs.
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Two girls work on a maker project.
Maker Education

Digital Shop Class: Fun and Profitable

These students are making things people need and want.
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Igniting a Passion for Reading

A veteran English teacher on the importance of choice, plus three tactics to keep high school readers engaged.
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A teacher helps students consider the perspectives of others.
Character Education

4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy

Help your students understand the perspectives of other people with these tried-and-tested methods.
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A teacher cooks in her kitchen for relaxation.
Teacher Wellness

Create a Self-Care Plan to Beat the Winter Blues

Try these simple mental and physical exercises throughout the school day to improve your mood.
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