Words in education can bring on a visceral reaction by educators. Here are 10 words that should no longer be in fashion in 2016.


Response to Intervention (RTI) has been proven to work with students. Why don't we use it with teachers?


Too often, education leaders believe that the point of collaboration is to further their own interests.


We often approach interviews as a "desexualized version of a date" and hire from the gut. There are many reasons why that's the wrong way to go.


Too many times students are forced to do an activity that surrounds a concept they already know. The activities focus on doing something, rather than learning something. We need to stop doing that.


Feedback is easier to give than to get. Here are a few ways to take it all in without letting it ruin your day.


In a recent blog post, Shirley Clarke wrote about how ability grouping doesn't work, and it raised quite a stir. I would suggest that mixed-ability grouping doesn't either, because many people use it by name alone.


Editor's note (6/20/2019): Dear reader, The blog post published at this link has been removed. The post was written by a guest blogger in 2016, who was filling in for Peter DeWitt. The piece was removed in 2019 when editors learned that it failed to meet Education Week's standards for originality and accuracy of citations. We apologize for any inconvenience....


Why is it that straight teachers can talk about their lives, but as soon as a gay teacher talks about hers it has to be about pushing an agenda?


Many classrooms still look like they did yesterday and yesteryear. We need to be talking about tomorrow's classrooms today, and there is a venue where this will be happening, and some awesome educators leading the discussion.


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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