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February 10, 2019

Addressing Criticisms of Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

There is a lot of pushback from critics when teachers and leaders try to address the social-emotional-learning needs of students. The reality is that social-emotional learning is not only easy to address, it's important to do so, and this post explains why.

January 13, 2019

School Safety Means More Than Active-Shooter Drills

Schools across the country participate in active-shooter drills. Perhaps it's time to find a better approach to preparing students for emergency events.

January 06, 2019

5 Ways I Allowed Stress and Anxiety to Control My Attitude

Sometimes we are told by others that we should be thankful for our careers, which can lead to shame somedays. In that pursuit, we can create stress for ourselves that can ultimately lead to burnout. Here are five ways I let the stress of trying to be better control my behavior.

October 07, 2018

6 Improvements Inspired by Practicing Mindfulness

Education is much more stressful than people who are not involved with schools may realize, and mindfulness may be the answer to alleviating some of that stress. Here are six things we can learn from mindfulness.

September 12, 2018

Paddling Is Pathetic. Here Are 6 Alternatives.

The rhetoric around education has not always been kind, and it just got a whole lot worse because of a school's desire to bring back paddling. It's pathetic and there are better alternatives. Here are 6 of them.

August 17, 2018

Schools Should Reconsider Their Relationships With the News Media

Schools can't afford to ignore the news media until a negative issue takes place.

August 05, 2018

One Year After Charlottesville, How Should We Talk With Our Students About Hate?

As we approach a year after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., what has changed? How do we talk to students about it?

June 10, 2018

Are You Blithely Unaware of How Educational Research Impacts You?

There are teachers and leaders who believe that researchers have little to do with their classroom practice, but the reality is that what researchers do has a direct effect on everything that happens in the classroom.

May 30, 2018

Forget Student Behavior. Let's Talk About Teacher Credibility.

Do we care about our credibility as a teacher as much as we care about their reputation as a student?

April 15, 2018

Call To Action Or Blame Game? 3 Ways Schools Communicate With Families

During these times of accountability from our state we live in, or the social-emotional issues our students experience, family engagement is both a call to action, and a scapegoat depending on the conversation. It all comes down to how we communicate with them, and here are 3 that will help build that communication.

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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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