Listening is one of the most important aspects to our learning, but many of us don't do it well, and we definitely could do it better with our students.
Professional development gets a bad rap from time to time. Teachers and leaders aren't always happy after they leave, and truth be told, consultants aren't always happy when they leave either.
Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts, Pinterest, Khan Academy, TeacherTube, Facebook, and Google are existing repositories where educators are already freely sharing ideas and best practice. Do we really need more?
We ask the question of why we don't have better candidates for president or why our friends would ever vote for a candidate we wouldn't. It's all tied up in our need to be entertained more than informed. Good news though, because we can change that in the classroom.
Why do students believe they have to be perfect. It doesn't necessarily come from within. It may be pushed on them from the adults around them.
There are many reasons why instructional coaching is crucial to teacher development, and here are a few ways to do it well.
There's compliance and then there is over-compliance. Over compliance is built by chipping away at one's credibility and it starts one conversation at a time after the person leaves the room.
Are we thinking too narrowly about the growth mindset?
John Hattie's research is often seen as complicated but it doesn't have to be. DeWitt explores the basics of Hattie's research, and how to go deeper, in this blog post.
We often want students to have grit or a "growth mindset" but we often lack it at the same time we are telling them to have it. Here are 3 ways to show our students what we want.