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July 08, 2016

4 Steps Toward a More Inclusive Curriculum

In schools we have many diverse students entering into our classrooms but the literature we read doesn't always represent those diverse students. Here are 4 ways to change that.

July 06, 2016

Why Do We Label Our Students?

There are many more benefits to not labeling students than there are to labeling them. So why do we do it so much in schools?

July 04, 2016

14 Things Gifted Students Want Teachers to Know

Our students don't often feel comfortable telling us what they are thinking, and sometimes their reactions can be misunderstood. This is especially true for gifted and talented students. Here are 14 things they want their teachers to know.

June 26, 2016

Why Don't Schools Accelerate More Students?

We always seem to think students need to be retained because they aren't learning important concepts, but never seem to think that students need to be accelerated because they have already mastered important concepts.

June 19, 2016

What's in a Goal?

We know that schools are filled with teachers and students who have a low level of self-efficacy, because they don't feel like their goals matter. One way to make them better is to have dialogue around them and write them down. We should all feel like our goals matter.

June 12, 2016

5 Ways to Foster a Positive School Climate

Schools are still consumed by test scores when they should really be consumed by making sure they have a positive school climate. Here are five things they should focus on to get there.

June 08, 2016

Who Knows What's Best for Students?

Social media offers us a plethora of opportunities to chase after silver bullets that may or may not help us with our issues. Sometimes we need to take a big step back first and ask, "Who knows what's best for students?"

June 02, 2016

The Benefits of Failure

In this post on the benefits of failure that originally appeared on January 8th, 2012, Peter wrote, "When looked at correctly, failure can teach us where we went wrong in the first place, and how we can learn to pick ourselves up again in a pursuit to succeed."

May 25, 2016

Inclusive Education: What Can We Learn From Ontario?

Many leaders and teachers aren't prepared to engage in inclusive education, and students are sitting back saying, "Make it relevant or make it stop."

May 22, 2016

What Should We Expect Preservice Teachers to Know?

Many preservice teachers are just graduating, and a brand new teaching experience awaits them in the fall; and it's one that they will have to negotiate without a net. Hopefully their professors have prepared them, but there are at least 10 areas that they need to have on their minds when they enter the classroom.

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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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