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April 04, 2017

Differentiation: Attainable or Somewhere Over the Rainbow?

Saying "data" in conjunction with student learning often feels sterile and uncaring. However, data is much more than just numbers, and you can learn more about it in this blog.

August 14, 2014

Inventing Differentiation: A Guest Blog by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Inventing differentiation, a guest blog by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

May 18, 2014

Peer Observation: Get Out of the Land of Nice

Peer observation doesn't always work well because teachers do not want to provide critical feedback, but given a supportive school leader, and a focus on professional growth, peer observation could offer enormous benefits.

September 10, 2013

Should Children Really Be Expected to Have Grit?

Grit is being used to decsribe how students need to toughen up and face their failures, and as important as grit may be, reslience seems to be a much better trait to have in life.

February 04, 2013

What Does Public Education Mean to You?

Public education means different things to different people. Peter DeWitt asked the experts what public education meant to them.

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 ...

March 12, 2012

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: The Issue of Retention

We need to stop putting our expectations on our students and start helping them find their own. It's that time of year when educators continue the 3 R's but turn their attention to the 4th R, which is retention. Students who have struggled all year are now being put on the list of students who ar...

February 12, 2012

The Stigma of Low Expectations

"We underestimate students when they fall short of expectations because they don't understand the school game and we determine that they lack motivation. " Carol Ann Tomlinson Recently, I read another great article in Educational Leadership by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Carol co-authored the article with...

August 18, 2011

The Accidental Teacher: An Interview With Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

"The high stakes test culture runs almost totally counter to what we know about how people learn. It causes us to engage in professional malpractice on a regular basis." Carol Ann Tomlinson There is nothing better than watching high-quality instruction. Seeing students engaged with their teacher, ...


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