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October 23, 2012

The Weight of the Nation

The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Weight of The Nation Our students don't get outside enough. When I taught second grade in a city school I brought my students outside for recess and a little girl came run...

October 07, 2012

How Do We Help Children Who Lost a Parent?

This blog will not be popular. It won't be Tweeted hundreds of times or sent out to friends through Facebook. Many who begin reading it will most likely stop before they ever get to this point because they will have scanned the title and decided to move on. Readers will say, "Too sad," and never rea...

September 05, 2012

Rethinking Elementary School

"Approaches based on lecturing by teachers, passive reading of textbooks, and "fill-in-the-blank" worksheets keep students from making decisions, from becoming actively involved in their learning, and from learning how to think and communicate effectively." Bob Peterson We are at risk of losing wha...

August 09, 2012

Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives: Fighting Childhood Obesity

If you have ever stood in a school cafeteria during lunchtime you understand that many of our students are eating unhealthy lunches. The unhealthy lunches are not just the ones they bring from home; some schools are responsible for serving food that is high in fat and sugar to students. In addition,...

June 26, 2012

Will the Dignity for All Students Act Work?

"It's people not programs." Todd Whitaker On July 1st all public schools in New York State must have safeguards in place for students who are harassed based on race, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, gender, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientation, and ...

June 15, 2012

Do We Know How to Teach Highly Able Learners?

The reality is that we need to look at this issue as achievement versus growth. Many highly able learners may achieve high grades without ever growing at all. Teaching highly able learners is a topic that we often ignore in education. We discuss how to teach struggling learners and spend a great ...

April 21, 2012

New York State Testing: A Marathon for Students

"The test was too long. In the middle of it I could not feel my butt." Third Grade Student's response on his weekly review. The third grade response above was age appropriate for how he was feeling about the test. In his mind, the tests were far too long. We have now come to a point that makes edu...

April 11, 2012

Should Teachers Be Responsible for Teaching Social Issues?

In February, I wrote a commentary for Education Week called Dignity for All and it focused on safeguarding LGBT students. I should begin by saying that everyone has an issue that they care about and mine happens to be safeguarding LGBT students. However, I feel strongly that we need to work harder a...

April 04, 2012


Today's guest blog is written by Patrick T. Kobler, an inner city high school social studies teacher from Texas who reads Finding Common Ground. Patrick is the founder of an education reform website that seeks to bring all backgrounds and viewpoints to the table for though...

March 20, 2012

Why Focus on LGBT Students?

Every student has a right to feel nurtured when they enter into school. A few weeks ago I wrote a commentary for Education Week entitled Dignity for All. It was based on my book with Corwin Press that was released last week with the same title. When I was doing my doctoral work at Sage College of...

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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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