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November 17, 2016

Teachers Make the Worst Parents

We have all had our fair share of difficult parents over the years, but are parents who are also teachers the most difficult?

November 15, 2016

School Climate: Why Avoiding Tough Conversations Limits Our Learning

School climate is very popular these days in educational circles. The only issue with that is school leaders often avoid talking about the topics that will make their climates better.

November 10, 2016

Whole-Child Journey: Why We Bumped Recess Up to 40 Minutes a Day

Our students need more...not less. And when we say more...we mean mindfulness and recess.

November 02, 2016

Is the Internet the New Sex Education?

When it comes to sex education most teachers charged to teach it focus on keeping students safe. Are we doing the same thing when it comes to internet research?

October 27, 2016

When That Last Name Appears on Our Class List

Christopher Emdin says,"Our unwillingness to engage young people in trouble is an indictment on us, not them." And it starts with what we do when we read their names on our class list, says DeWitt.

October 19, 2016

Relationships: The Yin to Feedback's Yang

How can one sentence change the trajectory of student learning? It shows the power of feedback.

October 14, 2016

Standards-Based Learning: Why Do Educators Make It So Complex?

Educators have the odd habit of taking simple ideas and making them inexplicably complex. Standards based learning is one of them.

September 22, 2016

Why Do Students Think They Have to Be Perfect?

Why do students believe they have to be perfect. It doesn't necessarily come from within. It may be pushed on them from the adults around them.

September 13, 2016

John Hattie's Research Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

John Hattie's research is often seen as complicated but it doesn't have to be. DeWitt explores the basics of Hattie's research, and how to go deeper, in this blog post.

September 09, 2016

Grit, Growth Mindsets, and Technology

We often want students to have grit or a "growth mindset" but we often lack it at the same time we are telling them to have it. Here are 3 ways to show our students what we want.

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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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