Educators have the odd habit of taking simple ideas and making them inexplicably complex. Standards based learning is one of them.


Too often in schools situations can help build walls and make teachers and leaders feel as though they're on opposite sides. There are a number of ways leaders and teachers can prevent that from happening.


We talk about change a lot, but it's often lofty and out of reach. How can we make change more realistic?


Research has shown us that poverty has a large impact on students. However, poverty actually has a more profound impact on schools and parents.


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.


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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