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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.

It's that time of year when many teachers need a little pick-me-up. Here's a playlist of videos to give you an uplifting, inspiring, end-of-the-year push.
Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.
Blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods.
Brian Sztabnik May 7, 2015
Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
Three myths about the 1:1 classroom: it's a paperless environment; all student work happens on devices; and all teachers need to adopt the technology.
Students learn better through retrieval-enhanced learning which can be practiced with smaller quizzes, daily questions, opportunities for reflection, and personalized oral quizzes.
Some suggest going easy on kids who'd rather drop out than study math, yet math remains an essential life tool across racial, gender, and class lines.
Summertime professional development becomes a little more like camp when the learning happens through hands-on, play-based tech challenges.
Effective teachers, rather than being stern and in control, are able to honor the group, connect with individuals, and be fair, reasonable, respectful, thoughtful, and real.

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