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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.

Nicholas Provenzano July 19, 2012
Blogger Nick Provenzano recommends a handful of web tools that just might become your new best friends during the next school year.
Poverty is a huge factor affecting the performance of our elementary students. Schools, districts and states with a high percentage of low-income families can reasonably cite poverty as one explanation for lower test scores or poor performance in other measures of student achievement. My concern, however, is always for the individual children in my classroom. At that level, should poverty be any excuse for poor student performance?
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Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy) July 13, 2012
Learn more about the challenges and benefits of flipped classrooms, where lectures are assigned as homework and hands-on learning happens in class, in this playlist of videos from VideoAmy.
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Writing professor and researcher Jeff Grabill discusses a Michigan State University study which suggests that, although students spend much of their day with cell phone in hand, their "writing lives" are blossoming.
Teacher and facilitator Joan Young reports on an inspired discussion from ISTE12 about the hidden and explicit benefits of using technology in social and emotional learning.
Blogger Lisa Dabbs offers three creative ways for teachers to pursue professional development during summer vacation.

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