George Lucas Educational Foundation

Communication Skills

Prepare students for academic and life success by helping them develop their listening, speaking, writing, and digital media skills.

  • 60-Second Strategy: Traverse Talk

    This fun classroom activity helps students find their voice by teaching the basics of debate in an accessible way.
  • What Productive Talk Looks Like in the Elementary Grades

    Using sentence stems to scaffold classroom discussions guides students to speak, actively listen, and build on each others’ ideas.
    Susan O’Brien
  • Building Perspective Through Meaningful Discussion

    When they don’t shy away from talking about tough topics, students and teachers gain a deeper understanding of important issues—and each other.
  • The Power of Short Writing Assignments

    Brief writing prompts and responses help students in any discipline.
  • How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

    Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Equity Sticks

    Looking for a simple way to ensure all voices are heard in your classroom? Try equity sticks.
  • Driving Deep Reading Comprehension in K–5

    This five-phase reading strategy exposes every student to challenging texts—and has dramatically improved reading comprehension at a school in the Bronx.
  • Encouraging Academic Conversations With Talk Moves

    Sentence starters that students use to join a class discussion encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness.
  • 60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes

    Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.
  • 6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life

    Nonverbals are gestural cues that can help students quickly and respectfully communicate their reactions, needs, and levels of understanding in a fast-paced classroom.
  • Teaching Communication Skills

    A framework for exploring with students what good communication looks like and for helping them develop the necessary skills.
  • Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

    Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.