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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Critical Thinking

What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

Instead of a set of 20 questions, use this framework to have your students create their own homework based on their needs and interests.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Sparking Engagement With Hip-Hop

An introduction to a culturally responsive pedagogy, with examples of how to use hip-hop across the curriculum—including in math class.
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Bullying Prevention

How to Respond When Students Use Hate Speech

Some activities for creating a healthy classroom culture.
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Student Wellness

5-Minute Film Festival: Making the Case for PE

Explore ways to get moving with your students and to advocate for physical education at your school.
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Project-Based Learning

Learning by Doing: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology

Eighth graders at the author’s school taught themselves psychology by writing their own primer on the topic.
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Student Wellness

5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

Use these games to engage even the students who don’t usually like to run.
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A girl looks confidently at a math problem on the board.
Student Engagement

Bringing Joy to Math Class

Math doesn’t have to be tedious—see how one middle school math teacher encourages students to get excited about it.
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Education Equity

Confronting Inequity on the Path to College

At these three high schools, getting every student into college is an equity issue.
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Mental Health

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

A seasoned educator shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma.
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Pull Words Off the Page to Promote Learning

Two vocabulary exercises that get students to make connections between words and explain their thinking.
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