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May 20, 2014

Transforming Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation programs have been the object of much criticism lately. Elizabeth Hinde, Director of Teacher Preparation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, points out that not all teacher prep programs deserve such criticism, and many have transformed the way they prepare teachers.

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.

May 01, 2014

If You Build It...

How much time are you willing to spend to foster relationships with your students?

April 29, 2014

The Myth of Learning Styles

For many years educators were under the false notion that there were learning styles, and recent research from Howard Gardner, John Hattie and Gregory Yates shows there isn't such thing as a learning style.

April 15, 2014

Modeling Mistakes to Develop Mastery

All students worry about being wrong, and as teachers, we need to recognize the self-censorship that occurs and develop an atmosphere that promotes risk taking and a positive spin on missing the mark.

April 04, 2014

This Assessment...Not That Assessment

There is a big difference between the capital A Assessment of high stakes testing, and the lower case a of classroom assessment.

March 21, 2014

Learning Intentions & Creativity in New Zealand Schools

Looking at model schools and standards, how can we adapt in a way that will progress student learning?

March 18, 2014

Grades: The Educational Dinosaur of Our Time

Grading: Is it the educational dinosaur of our time?

March 16, 2014

It's Time to Celebrate Schools

In the U.S. we don't usually celebrate schools at the national level, but in New Zealand they are celebrating through the Festival of Education.

March 05, 2014

Is the Brain a Bit of a Slacker?

Is your brain a bit of a slacker? Perhaps now there is some research to support the slacking...without letting your brain get away with it.

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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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