George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School
Building Literacy Skills by Sparking Imaginations
When teachers provide activities that encourage kindergarteners to explore the elements of storytelling through play, they lay the foundation for reading and writing.
Taking a Playful Approach to Assessment
When teachers bring collaboration, creativity, and movement into assessment, anxiety and dread give way to confidence and joy as students show off what they have learned.
60-Second Strategy: Jitter Sticks
When students need to get their wiggles out so they can settle down to learn, this simple movement-based brain break does the trick.
The Benefits of Taking Kindergarten Outdoors
By exploring outside their classroom—and even their schoolyard—two teachers found their students’ learning potential became boundless.
Activating Learning by Milling to Music
When students pretend they’re at a fancy party making small talk, a simple brainstorm for writing ideas becomes more lively, more cooperative—and more effective.
Using Movement to Teach Vocabulary
When students explore new words through movement, they understand them better, retain them longer, and feel more empowered to use them.