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January 15, 2017

Fake News and Bullying Are More Alike Than You Think

If we can't get students to differentiate between what bullying is and what it's not, how can we get students to differentiate between what is fake news and what is not when some adults don't even know?

January 10, 2017

17 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2017

Education wasn't always the hottest topic of the presidential campaign. It took a backseat to Tweets, fake news and name calling. However, there will surely be changes in education because so much is bubbling to the top. Here are 17 critical issues facing education.

January 08, 2017

Should There Be a 5th C in the Partnership for 21st-Century Learning?

There is no doubt that the 4 C's are still very important even after they first came out so long ago. However, part of the problem is that we throw students into the deep end of the 4 C's and have never, or may have never, established a school climate that will help deeply support the students before they dive in. We can't do the 4 C's without fostering the important 5th C.

January 06, 2017

When It Comes to the 4 C's, Some Principals Aren't Making the Grade

After posting Teachers, 'What Feedback Would You Give Your Principals?' many teachers filled out a survey explaining that what their principal believes they are good at as a leader, is not necessarily true. Read the responses and think to yourself, "What can I learn from this?"

January 04, 2017

What? Principals Are in It for the Money?

A recent survey showed that teachers believe their principals went into administration for the money and financial goal accounts for their leaders' perceived lack of leadership. Unfortunately, that perspective isn't the reality for most leaders.

January 01, 2017

3 'Simple' Ideas Every Educator Should Work on in 2017

It's 2017 and we are all in the mood to have deeper relationships and make the year better than the one we had in 2016. The Big three strategies in this blog are sure to help deepen the relationships we have with others.

December 18, 2016

8 Reasons Why School Secretaries Deserve More Credit

It's not Administrative Assistant's Day. You didn't forget the flowers. Even though it's not a national day to say thanks to the secretary, there are at least 8 reasons why you should do it today anyway.

December 13, 2016

7 Keys to Building a Successful Learning Environment for Students

There are 7 keys to building a positive learning environment in your classroom. Three of them as Classroom Expectations, Targeted Instruction and Positive Reinforcement. Click on this blog for the other four.

December 11, 2016

Teachers, What Feedback Would You Give Your Principal?

As a teacher, if you could really provide feedback to your school leader what feedback (positive or negative) would you give them? What do you really want them to know?

December 04, 2016

Collaborative Reflection: How Do You Lead?

Building collective efficacy among staff has a high effect size and is a characteristic of a collaborative leader. Unfortunately, not every situation in leadership can be collaborative. There are 4 types of leadership styles. In this blog those 4 styles are explained and a reflective tool is offered as a way for leaders to see where they spend most of their time.

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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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