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April 19, 2016

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't offering the biggest bang for the buck.

April 12, 2016

Student Engagement: Is It Authentic or Compliant?

Student engagement is extremely important in our classrooms, but too often the engagement is compliant rather than authentic.

April 03, 2016

Gifted and Talented: We Need a Flexible Mindset

When it comes to gifted and talented students, does the philosophy of the growth mindset fail?

March 30, 2016

Learning From Politics: 5 Actions to Help Students Embrace Civility

Considering all of the negative rhetoric this political season we need to explore ways to find civility again, and these are five actions we can take to find it.

March 24, 2016

'Testing for Joy and Grit'? I Don't Think So.

The NY Times recently ran a story about testing for joy and grit. Seriously? It seems as though joy and grit are really just used for compliance.

March 22, 2016

12 Words That Should Be in Our Educational Vocabulary

The other days I posted about 12 words that should be banned from our educational vocabulary. Here are 12 that I believe should be added.

March 14, 2016

Is Collaboration One-Sided?

Too often, education leaders believe that the point of collaboration is to further their own interests.

March 01, 2016

Should Teachers 'Come Out'?

Why is it that straight teachers can talk about their lives, but as soon as a gay teacher talks about hers it has to be about pushing an agenda?

February 25, 2016

Why Do We Have a Deficit Mindset With ELL/ENL Students?

Why is it that when we talk about ELL/ENL and indigenous students we seem to focus on what they can't do rather than what they can do?

February 15, 2016

Why Ability Grouping Doesn't Work

With random talk partners as the classroom set-up, students are already involved in mixed-ability learning, which is important because we need to take account of the substantial research which shows that grouping students by ability makes them less successful.

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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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