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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 blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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January is quickly approaching, and you know what that means: year-end lists and retrospectives galore! We'd be shirking our responsibilities as bloggers if we didn't join in, so in keeping with our December tradition, take a look at this list of the best education parodies of 2014! We've scoured the web to find videos by teachers, about teachers, parodies breaking down historical inaccuracies, humorous tunes by parents, and so much more. For even more viral video fun, YouTube's Rewind team has done a great job of recapping the year's most popular YouTube uploads. Make sure you also take a look at our best-of lists from 2012 and 2013.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron December 18, 2014
Gifted students do not need scaffolding is just one of the misconceptions that doesn't help teachers or schools reach gifted kids efficiently.
Given the opportunity, any student will rise to the level of expectations. Providing students with many opportunities to do so is the key.
Marianne Stenger December 17, 2014
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
Fifth grade teachers share how students in their PBL pilot program raised funds for microloans, created websites for a nature preserve, and developed business plans.
How do we find courage and motivate colleagues to look inward, look outward, and do something about injustices -- in our classrooms, schools, justice system, and society?
Are students ready for the homework you give them? Consider assigning less of it, letting students choose assignments, and using it for review and assessment.
For parents, students, and administrators to make flipped learning a success, they must understand the best possible outcome and their roles in making it happen.

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