December 2013 Archives

The best gift we can offer our students isn't that of the content we teach, it's the honest awareness of what they know, what they need to know and how to obtain it and show it in a way that demonstrates real synthesis and depth of understanding.

Many educators are concerned that strict standards and accountability will never promote independent thinking, but have schools ever promoted that?

There is a Twitter challenge going around, so I decided to succumb to the pressure and take it.

NCTQ put out a new report on the quality of pre-service teacher programs but their findings only tell one part of the story.

Collaborative inquiry is a powerful design for professional learning that supports the notion of teacher leadership as it recognizes the role of teachers in on-going school improvement.

Jack doesn't act like "other boys" and the adults around him want Jack to change. Why is that Jack's problem?

Data has become the next dirty four letter word but it's not the data's's how adults use it.

Visible learning is not about sticking to a script but helping students find their way through the roadblocks of learning, and it has valuable implications for schools.

When it comes to school climate, our focus should be on learning and not rule following.

To structure the evaluative process around students' attainment of capriciously established, even if well intentioned, growth targets (SLO's) is downright silly!

There is a growing movement to opt out of state testing but there are pros and cons that should weigh into the decision, and schools should not be held accountable regardless of a parent's decision.

Unfortunately, with our present accountability system that focuses on numbers more than social-emotional learning, conferences are at risk of focusing more on what children can't do rather than what they can. Flipping the conference can lead to a more positive outcome.

In these days of high accountability and misinformation about the public school system, branding is more important than ever.

Schools have to keep a lot of "data" but the most important data they could get is through the use of a school climate assessment.

The opinions expressed in Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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