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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.

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It's time to redefine student excellence and dispel old myths about the perfect student.
Ben Johnson February 26, 2010
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This weeks edchat guest blogger Nicholas Provenzano shares strategies for (re-)igniting passion in students.
Heather Wolpert-Gawron February 22, 2010
If you get a pink slip, you don't have to panic, but you do need to seek out potential teaching opportunities for the future -- and be prepared.
A compensation system leveraged on student performance needs to be sophisticated, appropriate, and most importantly, fair.
Guest blogger Cheska Lorena reviews the Building Communities in the Classroom #edchat.
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It has become an article of faith in the Washington thinktankocracy that teachers are the most important factor in their students' success. That's not an entirely bad thing. What professional doesn't want to be thought important? But think-tank dwellers often draw the wrong conclusions from this claim. Most of their talk about teachers focuses on how to fire the bad ones, hire the good ones, and pay the really good ones. Too few people spare a thought for the environment and support teachers need to succeed.