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July 24, 2016

Why Collaboration Doesn't Work

If we consider what it is we want to collaborate on, the process to take, the people involved, and how it all fits into our context, collaboration can be very powerful. Many times however, it all falls flat and these are some of the reasons why.

July 19, 2016

Synergy or Consensus: Which One Do You Build?

Compliant learning. We all engage in it, and then do it to our students. It leads to consensus building rather than synergizing where we build the best ideas together. We need to meet, model and motivate in order to synergize those best ideas.

July 17, 2016

6 Beliefs to Help Prevent Communication Breakdown

We enter into conversations all the time without thinking much about it, and we certainly don't practice the art of communication like we train before a 5K. All of that can lead to a communication breakdown, and here are 6 ways to make sure that doesn't happen.

July 10, 2016

Professional Development: Are You Content With the Scenario?

Professional development is done with us, and sometimes it's done to us. When it comes to your professional development, are you content with the scenario? If so, here are a few ways to change that.

July 04, 2016

14 Things Gifted Students Want Teachers to Know

Our students don't often feel comfortable telling us what they are thinking, and sometimes their reactions can be misunderstood. This is especially true for gifted and talented students. Here are 14 things they want their teachers to know.

July 01, 2016

If Schools Had a Relationship Status, It Would Be 'It's Complicated'

Schools are sometimes like hoarders. They keep collecting stuff and don't get rid of the things they don't need.

June 28, 2016

Collaboration: Are You Compelled or Repelled?

Collaboration is quite the buzz word. Are you compelled or repelled by collaboration?

June 26, 2016

Why Don't Schools Accelerate More Students?

We always seem to think students need to be retained because they aren't learning important concepts, but never seem to think that students need to be accelerated because they have already mastered important concepts.

June 21, 2016

Magic Bullets and Sacred Cows

Not every old method is bad. Not every new initiative is good. Rather than holding on to sacred cows or embracing magic bullets, we need to work together within our schools to figure out what is best for the students we teach.

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.

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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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