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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.

Bob LenzJuly 15, 2009

Here, in California, another school year has finally dipped into the cool, blue Pacific. I've been reflecting on all that we've accomplished this year, including the fact that more than 90 percent of our graduating seniors will be going to college. I also can't help but think about everything that goes into the rite of passage that is graduation at Envision Schools.

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Jim MoultonJuly 10, 2009

As I've mentioned before, I think one of the big problems with making best use of technology in the classroom is the richness of the possibilities. They can be overwhelming, as I described in an earlier Edutopia.org post.

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"So, you're a teacher, huh?" says the umpteenth Joe Know-It-All. I know the tone, and I know what's coming next: "Must be nice having summers off," he sneers. I don't know what mythical job this guy thinks I have, but I have never had a summer off.

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EdutopiaJuly 8, 2009

We love feedback about how our content is being used. To that end, we are honored to be referenced in a recent post by Henry Jenkins, one of the most well-respected media researchers in the world, on his blog Confessions of an Aca-Fan.

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Betty RayJuly 7, 2009

I am thrilled and honored to be joining Edutopia.org as the community manager. I'm still finding my way around and getting to know everyone. I hope you'll take a few seconds to introduce yourself!

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EdutopiaJuly 6, 2009

This post kicks off what I hope will become a new way to interact with you, our visitors, and the team at The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

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Owen EdwardsJuly 5, 2009

With the fear that I might be labeled an Andy Rooney wannabe, cranky about things I can't do anything about, I am hesitant to mention the twinge of sadness I felt at the news recently that public schools have, for the most part, officially abandoned the teaching of cursive handwriting.

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Ben JohnsonJuly 2, 2009

I am taking a class with Cisco Networking this summer, and we are doing the equivalent of a semester of a high school course in one week. We spend two hours listening to a lecture of the key points, and then we take a test. In order to continue in the program, we have to pass the test with an 85 percent effort. Talk about high stakes!

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Bob LenzJune 30, 2009

Given the level of technical sophistication of today's students, why not use technology to extend the classroom and collaborate globally?

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Elena AguilarJune 26, 2009

The end of the school year has finally arrived. You can start fantasizing about the novels you'll read, the closets you'll clean, the places you'll go. However, pulsing in the recesses of your mind is a whisper: You know you should plan next year.

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