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January 12, 2017

'Mom, You Don't Get It. They Only Do Stuff for the Grade.'

Trying to get students to ask questions instead of always looking for the answers is hard. Too often they're just doing it for the grade, which is a culture we created. It's time to turn that game around.

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 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 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?

November 22, 2016

Do Educators Need Media Literacy as Much as Students Do?

Too many adults, which includes educators, are contributing to fake news being posted on social media. Let's continue to teach our students about media literacy, but take some time to re-educate ourselves on it as well.

November 20, 2016

Why Collaborative Inquiry? Professional Learning That Makes a Difference

Do you want deeper professional learning? Are you tired of professional development that wastes your time? Have you tried collaborative inquiry? If you don't know what collaborative inquiry is, this is the blog for you.

November 08, 2016

Does Self-Efficacy Really Matter?

Ashton and Webb (1986) found that, "Teachers with low teaching efficacy don't feel that teachers, in general, can make much of a difference in the lives of students, while teachers with low personal teaching efficacy don't feel that they, personally, affect the lives of the students." Yeah, I'd say self-efficacy matters.

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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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