George Lucas Educational Foundation

Teaching Strategies

Discover and share best practices for improving your teaching craft -- delivering instruction, engaging students, reaching struggling students, and more.

  • Teaching Strategies

    Ramping Up Student Performance

    Techniques for introducing new material and feedback to students throughout a lesson—a way to spark deeper insights and learning.
  • Student Engagement

    7 Ways to Spark Engagement

    Strengthening students’ sense of connectedness to their learning is a worthwhile goal, and there are some simple ways to do it.
  • Formative Assessment

    Boosting Engagement With Notices and Wonders

    When students make “I notice” and “I wonder” comments on course content, teachers can see what they know—and what they need to learn.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
  • Literacy

    What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
  • Teaching Strategies

    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.
  • Classroom Management

    30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights or ringing a call bell. This article explores some additional ideas categorized by grade bands.
  • Assistive Technology

    Accommodating Students With Dyslexia

    These five easy-to-implement accommodations can make class less stressful and more manageable for students with dyslexia.
  • Classroom Management

    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.
  • Formative Assessment

    Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

    Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Learning on Their Feet

    Vertical learning—a framework for high quality group work—showcases student thinking for everyone to see.
  • Formative Assessment

    60-Second Strategy: Closing The Loop

    A strategy for using a quick, whole-class reflection on content as a verbal exit ticket.
  • Teacher Leadership

    6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

    Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
  • Mental Health

    Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

    A seasoned educator shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma.
  • Classroom Management

    Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

    When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur.