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February 10, 2019

Addressing Criticisms of Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

There is a lot of pushback from critics when teachers and leaders try to address the social-emotional-learning needs of students. The reality is that social-emotional learning is not only easy to address, it's important to do so, and this post explains why.

January 27, 2019

When Schools Say 'All Means All,' What Do They Really Mean?

Peter DeWitt discusses life for LGBTQ students and what schools should do to help them.

January 13, 2019

School Safety Means More Than Active-Shooter Drills

Schools across the country participate in active-shooter drills. Perhaps it's time to find a better approach to preparing students for emergency events.

January 06, 2019

5 Ways I Allowed Stress and Anxiety to Control My Attitude

Sometimes we are told by others that we should be thankful for our careers, which can lead to shame somedays. In that pursuit, we can create stress for ourselves that can ultimately lead to burnout. Here are five ways I let the stress of trying to be better control my behavior.

December 02, 2018

12 Areas School Leaders Should Focus on in 2019

2019 is quickly approaching. Here are 12 issues that leaders should have on their radar for the new year.

October 07, 2018

6 Improvements Inspired by Practicing Mindfulness

Education is much more stressful than people who are not involved with schools may realize, and mindfulness may be the answer to alleviating some of that stress. Here are six things we can learn from mindfulness.

September 12, 2018

Paddling Is Pathetic. Here Are 6 Alternatives.

The rhetoric around education has not always been kind, and it just got a whole lot worse because of a school's desire to bring back paddling. It's pathetic and there are better alternatives. Here are 6 of them.

August 19, 2018

Educators Need Mindfulness. Their Mental Health May Depend On It.

The mental health of school counselors, nurses, school leaders, and teachers are at risk, and they may only need 10 minutes to help alleviate their stress.

June 03, 2018

Forget Kindness. Schools Need to Foster Social Justice

We should teach, model and promote kindness as much and as often as we can. But we also need to teach and empower young people to engage in social action: that is the only way we can ultimately change societal inequities and bring about a truly just society.

May 30, 2018

Forget Student Behavior. Let's Talk About Teacher Credibility.

Do we care about our credibility as a teacher as much as we care about their reputation as a student?

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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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