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August 29, 2012

The Power of Effective Feedback

"The term Feedback is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation. But none of these are feedback, strictly speaking." Grant Wiggins As educators there are two types of impressions we can leave on our students. One is that we leave a po...

August 03, 2012

What Is a Connected Educator?

Some educators have internet-phobia. Even worse, some have computer-phobias. After all, clouds disappear, networks go down and files get lost. The internet isn't as secure as the filing cabinet in the classroom and there is less of a chance of a hacker breaking into a manila folder or a briefcase. H...

July 12, 2012

Do Our Students Have PLN's?

Teachers need to make sure that they are fostering strong PLN's in the classroom because as much as it is important to learn from a teacher, we also understand that the conversations students have with one another can be invaluable as well. Through social media and other venues there is a lot of t...

July 10, 2012

Honoring Opinions About Education

In response to NY Times columnist David Brooks: Everyone has an opinion about school. It happens because most people have been affected, positively or negatively by their school experience, so therefore they have an opinion about how it needs to change. Opinions are as diverse as the people who hol...

July 01, 2012

Bullying on the Bus

Given all of the communication tools that we have, bullying happens in many forms and it constantly surrounds us. If we wonder why it continues to happen we need only to look to a society that constantly focuses on someone's flaws, reality television where real housewives of wherever make mean-spir...

June 24, 2012

Why Parents Homeschool

Bullying on the bus... Teasing and torment on the playground... Wear the "right" clothes... Listen to the "right" music... Try to be popular... At a very young age, children have a sense of belonging, which can be both positive and negative. Many students, and some of their parents, believe it's mo...

June 18, 2012

Are Schools Meeting the Needs of Parents?

Parental involvement is something administrators, parents and teachers talk about a great deal. Typically, those conversations are done in isolation. Principals talk with teachers and parents talk to one another and some of those conversations are not always positive. Educators fear that parents wi...

June 12, 2012

The True Loss of Recess

"Class size. Standardized testing. The three R's. When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess" (The State of Play. Robert ...

June 10, 2012

A Lesson in Southern Cultural History

In New York State we have a little over a week left with our students before the summer break. As sad as it is to say goodbye, we have a summer to reflect and get to help another crop of students grow in the fall. Reflection is good for all of us. We can learn from mistakes and relish in our really...

June 05, 2012

What Makes a Great Teacher?

"The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Todd Whitaker Lately, there has been a lot of debate about what makes a great teacher. We all spend a great deal of time trying to distinguish between the good ones and b...

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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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