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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.

Suzie BossMay 10, 2010

Students who are passionate gamers can talk a blue streak about the virtual online worlds where they invest their free time and energy. Usually, of course, they get to play only when they're not at school. But why not bring gaming into the classroom? Could teachers tap that same passion to spark learning?

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As a teacher and a new mom, it didn't take long for me to find Facebook as a supplement for my stunted social life. And as any FB user knows, once you join, you become inundated with photos of new babies, comments about friends' recent bodily functions, quiz results, and mysterious requests for farm equipment or mafia weapons.

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EdutopiaMay 7, 2010

We wanted to end Teacher Appreciation Week with a reminder that an affection for educators can be found far and wide. Retailers, for example, offer all kinds of discounts in appreciation for all your hard work and dedication. So we'd like to share some of the discounts we know about -- and we're sure many of you have more tips for how to save money when shopping. Happy Friday!

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Betty RayMay 6, 2010

We knew Paula White, our guest blogger this week, would be amazing after reading her blog post called Do It From the Classroom. With equal parts fire and heart, Ms. White is not only passionate (and funny!), but she also has both feet firmly rooted in reality. We're proud to present her commentary on this week's topic, "How Can Teachers Have a Bigger Influence on Education Reform?"

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Milton ChenMay 3, 2010

This column inaugurates my biweekly blog on Edutopia.org. I'm excited to contribute to our site on a regular basis and will be writing about the interesting people and places I encounter. I'll also be discussing some themes and stories from my upcoming book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools (Jossey-Bass, July), based upon our recent work at Edutopia, linking to many of our films, articles, and resources.

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Elena AguilarMay 2, 2010

For some teachers and students, the glory of spring and the promise of summer have been eclipsed by the complex emotions that surge during testing season.

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David MarkusApril 30, 2010

May 1st is the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, known around the globe as "the most exciting two minutes in sports." For my money, it's also a treasure chest of inspiration for social studies and other interesting class discussions.

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EdutopiaApril 30, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined the faculty and students of YES Prep North Central in Houston, TX to celebrate the Senior Signing ceremony of 43 graduates on April 30th, 2010.

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EdutopiaApril 29, 2010

When we visited YES Prep North Central in Houston last spring, students in the junior class were already talking about their Senior Signing Day. On that day, amidst much fanfare, they would become the first in their families to enroll in college.

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Betty RayApril 29, 2010

Many would agree that Americans tend to view education as the pathway to success. In school we're taught rags-to-riches tales about individuals rising to the top as a result of their academic success, regardless of their race, income level, or gender. There's an inherent belief that our education system should create equal access to a quality education for all.

However, those aspirations don't match the reality. Many children, in fact, do not have equal access to quality education. These issues set the stage for this week's #edchat on Twitter.

Many educators argued in the chat that disparities in funding cause this inequality, while others argued that the true cause of inequality lies in the hands of administrators that filter innovative technologies/teaching methods that have the ability to combat funding deficits. Whatever your opinion may be, one has to ask the question: "As educators, should we engage in the politics of education to truly make a difference?"

We asked Tim Furman (@tbfurman), a tech specialist, who shook things up in #edchat to summarize.

--Betty Ray, Community Manager (@EdutopiaBetty) and Elana Leoni, Social Media Marketing Coordinator (@elanaleoni)

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