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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 BossOctober 12, 2009

Innovation seems to be on everyone's lips lately: President Obama has called for what he calls "a new generation of innovation." Secretary of Education Arne Duncan aims to turn his department into what is in his words an "engine of innovation," with his plan to dole out $650 million in grants to school districts through the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund.

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Ben JohnsonOctober 9, 2009

When my family gets together, one of the favorite games we play is Wizards, Gnomes, and Giants. It is great fun for young and old alike and is based on the games Rock-Paper-Scissors and Sharks and Minnows.

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EdutopiaOctober 7, 2009

At yesterday's 2009 World Business Forum, George Lucas shared his perspective on how to make learning more meaningful with more than 4,500 top executives from around the world. In addition, an interview with George Lucas was published in a special supplement to the Wall Street Journal.

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Rebecca AlberOctober 6, 2009

When we consider constructivist teaching, or a constructivist approach to learning, what comes to mind? For me, I see Socrates standing not in the center, but to the side of his students.

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Heather Wolpert-GawronSeptember 30, 2009

I am an avid celebrator of Banned Books Week. It becomes a way to make reading sexy -- the exact opposite of what those who challenge or ban books have intended. Cue evil laughter.

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Bob LenzSeptember 28, 2009

In my last post, "Preparing High School Seniors for College," I outlined the College Success Portfolio, a performance-assessment system used at Envision Schools. We developed this system because we believe students demonstrate college readiness not only by passing rigorous courses but also by actually producing college-ready academic work, demonstrating 21st-century leadership skills, and mastering college-level work habits.

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Owen EdwardsSeptember 25, 2009

And now a few words about the book, that ancient medium we've all encountered, with ink on paper pages, a front and back cover, and pleasure, or knowledge, or provocation, or even a certain necessary tedium stored within.

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Maurice EliasSeptember 23, 2009

Have you heard Lou Holtz? He was a football coach, most notably at Notre Dame, and now is an analyst for college football on ESPN. But his most important role is as a motivational speaker. Actually, I would say he's more of an accomplishment speaker.

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Ben JohnsonSeptember 17, 2009

You lower yourself into the cage and tie your hand to the back of the big brown bull, which snorts with anger and irritation as they cinch the rope. You are careful to keep your legs from being smashed between the pen wall and the jittery 1,300-pound bull.

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Stephen HurleySeptember 15, 2009

The following quote is one of the first things my eighth-grade students see when they walk into their classroom in September:

The following quote is one of the first things my eighth-grade students see when they walk into their classroom in September: Read More