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August 01, 2018

Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

Let's provide more opportunities in school so children learn how to make decisions and develop an internal locus of control. This way a child can influence events and outcomes in their own lives and in return, we will have more children who are potentially less anxious and depressed, all which inhibits their true potential as human beings.

July 29, 2018

Are We Asking Too Much Of School Leaders?

More than half of school leaders leave the position within their first five years. Isn't about time we starting asking why?

July 09, 2018

Let's Stop Calling So Many People 'Thought Leaders'

Lately, the term "thought leader' has been thrown around a lot to describe people who write books or blogs, and there are at least three reasons we should stop using the term.

June 20, 2018

Collaborative Professionalism. We Can't Do It Alone.

Educators collaborate all of the time, but it doesn't mean that it results in meaningful work that impacts student learning. In their new book focusing on collaborative professionalism, Andy Hargreaves and Michael T. O'Connor provide us with research and some practical suggestions that will help us get a bigger bang for our buck.

June 17, 2018

Mobile Technologies Are Changing Young Children's Social Interactions

Today, 98% of households with 2- to 8-year-old children include a mobile device, like smartphones, tablets, and iPods or other smart-mobile devices, an increase from 75% in 2013. We are really connected, but not connecting at all.

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.

June 06, 2018

What Are the Side Effects of Your Latest Initiative?

Our initiatives are meant to help learning improve, but in his new book, Yong Zhao explores how each initiative has side effects that we need to be aware of.

June 03, 2018

Forget Kindness. Schools Need to Foster Social Justice

We should teach, model and promote kindness as much and as often as we can. But we also need to teach and empower young people to engage in social action: that is the only way we can ultimately change societal inequities and bring about a truly just society.

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?

May 24, 2018

Why School Shootings May Never End in America

Some believe that they can stop school shootings from happening where they are, but unfortunately, we are learning that school shootings are our new normal, and we may not be able to change that.

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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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