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Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Guest blogger Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.

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Real PBL teachers don’t do the work for their students

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One of the scariest things about deciding to use a project-based learning approach with your students is letting go. My experience has been that even the most creative teachers who have taken the leap into the PBL waters continue to find it difficult to let go of their role as teacher, despite having the best intentions for their students.

Join #PTcamp Virtual Book Chat

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I just signed up to take part in an online book chat that is starting June 21. I learned about this thanks to a tweet from @Joe_Mazza. The book is "Beyond the Bakesale" by Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp (http://amzn.to/1nrXcHo) and Joe says they will be part of the conversation too.

Get more information and register at http://bit.ly/1nrXhe2.

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Innovative Education: Make Room for "What Ifs"

Brookwood teacher Rich Lehrer, high school student Arjun Bhatnagar, and members of the Robohand Club spent a memorable work day with Max
Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss highlights a science project where eighth-graders created a "robohand" after their teacher invited them to solve a real-world problem.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Best Cat Videos for Educators

Need a break from the end-of-the-year pressure? This Five-Minute Film Festival gives you something to laugh about, with a round-up of entertaining animal videos.
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In the Classroom: Helping Children Speak about Death and Loss

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias suggests social, emotional learning includes a space for students to discuss loss of loved ones, which can also deepen their empathy for each other.
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Teacher Thank You Letters: Tips for Parents & Students

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As many schools are approaching the end of the year, you or your child might be looking for ways to show your appreciation for a special teacher. The end of the year wrap-up is a perfect time to write a thoughtful thank-you letter to express your gratitude.

We know that students are eagerly awaiting summer vacation, but taking a minute away from the excitement to reflect on and share their experiences from the year can brighten a teacher’s day tremendously.

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Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research?

Guest blogger Cathy Knutson, an elementary school librarian and media specialist, suggests a summer home study in digital literacy for parents who want to teach their children safe, smart Internet research skills.

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template site for school districts to use

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Edutopia I would love to see a sight for districts where aps are organized, sites are organized, with standards, subjects, topics etc...for easy access, navigation, and visually organized and user friendly, and a place to discuss and maybe even make decisions within each district. This might make hard copy curriculum obsolete and more money for the district. Are there such sights in use right now? I envision it being like a cloud so access is easy and maybe list each school etc. If this hasn't been created, I guess I am wondering why?

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Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

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