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December 06, 2012

Are We Too Secure in Our Opinions or Not Secure Enough?

As much as we seem to be a society that wants to share our opinions with others, we don't seem to be a society that wants others to share their opinions with us.

October 21, 2012

The Benefits of Evidence-Based Observations

Great Lessons are a continuous conversation from one day to the next where you build on yesterday in preparation for tomorrow. It sounds like common sense. Shouldn't all observations be evidence based? Is this a passing fad using new vocabulary? Or is this a new focus for principals and teachers? T...

September 30, 2012

Trying to Be Innovative During a Standardized Time

A few years ago our school raised money for the Heifer Project. Though we had a two year goal, we raised the money in less than one year. We achieved our goal in less time because of a dedicated staff, hardworking students and very supportive parents. It didn't happen because of points on an evalua...

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 29, 2012

The Power of Effective Feedback

"The term Feedback is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation. But none of these are feedback, strictly speaking." Grant Wiggins As educators there are two types of impressions we can leave on our students. One is that we leave a po...

August 15, 2012

A New Approach to Teaching? The Flipped Classroom

"The old image of a teacher is one where they keep their lesson plan books at the end of the school year and do not take the time and effort to change their lessons year after year." Have you ever woken up and just wanted to do something different? As an educator, do you long to do one thing new...

August 03, 2012

What Is a Connected Educator?

Some educators have internet-phobia. Even worse, some have computer-phobias. After all, clouds disappear, networks go down and files get lost. The internet isn't as secure as the filing cabinet in the classroom and there is less of a chance of a hacker breaking into a manila folder or a briefcase. H...

July 12, 2012

Do Our Students Have PLN's?

Teachers need to make sure that they are fostering strong PLN's in the classroom because as much as it is important to learn from a teacher, we also understand that the conversations students have with one another can be invaluable as well. Through social media and other venues there is a lot of t...

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 ...

June 10, 2012

A Lesson in Southern Cultural History

In New York State we have a little over a week left with our students before the summer break. As sad as it is to say goodbye, we have a summer to reflect and get to help another crop of students grow in the fall. Reflection is good for all of us. We can learn from mistakes and relish in our really...

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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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