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June 12, 2016

5 Ways to Foster a Positive School Climate

Schools are still consumed by test scores when they should really be consumed by making sure they have a positive school climate. Here are five things they should focus on to get there.

June 08, 2016

Who Knows What's Best for Students?

Social media offers us a plethora of opportunities to chase after silver bullets that may or may not help us with our issues. Sometimes we need to take a big step back first and ask, "Who knows what's best for students?"

June 02, 2016

The Benefits of Failure

In this post on the benefits of failure that originally appeared on January 8th, 2012, Peter wrote, "When looked at correctly, failure can teach us where we went wrong in the first place, and how we can learn to pick ourselves up again in a pursuit to succeed."

May 25, 2016

Inclusive Education: What Can We Learn From Ontario?

Many leaders and teachers aren't prepared to engage in inclusive education, and students are sitting back saying, "Make it relevant or make it stop."

May 22, 2016

What Should We Expect Preservice Teachers to Know?

Many preservice teachers are just graduating, and a brand new teaching experience awaits them in the fall; and it's one that they will have to negotiate without a net. Hopefully their professors have prepared them, but there are at least 10 areas that they need to have on their minds when they enter the classroom.

May 18, 2016

Playing It Straight: The (Re)Making of an Early-Childhood Teacher

Gender stereotypes often appear very early in a child's life, and early-childhood teachers often help support those stereotypes.

May 03, 2016

Why Support Rigorous Learning?

A recent NAEP report shows that a high percentage of students are functionally illiterate. Will Systems of Supports for Rigorous Learning (SSRL) help solve the issue?

May 01, 2016

Why Aren't Students Allowed to Blog?

Seriously? It's 2016 and students aren't encouraged to blog? There are at least 6 reasons why they should be blogging, and they all focus on learning!

April 19, 2016

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't offering the biggest bang for the buck.

April 12, 2016

Student Engagement: Is It Authentic or Compliant?

Student engagement is extremely important in our classrooms, but too often the engagement is compliant rather than authentic.

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