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.

Social and Emotional Learning

13 Powerful SEL Activities

Build social and emotional skills into any class.
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Formative Assessment

Challenging Every Student in the Room

Easy ways to quickly gather student data every day—and how you can use it to reach all of your students, whether they’re ahead or behind.
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Critical Thinking

Love Lessons

Valentine’s Day is a great time to get students thinking critically about a complex human emotion.
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A young girl lies on her back, relaxing on the grass.
The Research Is In

Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work?

The research shows that mindfulness reduces student stress and even improves academic outcomes.
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Teaching Your Students to Read Like Pros

Seven strategies for helping readers become skilled comprehenders.
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Four middle-school aged students sit in a row, writing and facing the board.
Lesson Plans

Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism

Using the figurative language in adages as a warm-up exercise to get your students thinking—in any class.
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Game-Based Learning

What’s a Gamer Brain and How Can We Harness It in Class?

Leverage your students’ favorite video and board games to unlock what engages them.
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A group of elementary school aged children sit at a table talking with an adult and looking at a tablet screen together.
Curriculum Planning

Heroes on a Learning Adventure

Think of your curriculum as a story. Assignments and activities are elements in the narrative, and your students are the protagonists.
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Two elementary school boys sit together, writing and laughing.
Social and Emotional Learning

Building a Positive Mindset One Word at a Time

Students can craft uplifting poems and narratives using a list of inspiring words you provide.
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A female teacher assists a female student as they both sit facing a computer screen.
Coding in the Classroom

Q&A: The Art of Coding

Two educators on how to make learning computer science less daunting and more fun for students—and their teachers.
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