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November 06, 2016

Lower Your Status. Raise Theirs.

Status can prevent us from getting to the heart of the issue with a student or another adult, and sometimes it's based in having a low level of self-efficacy. If we want to have the best conversations with others, and focus on learning, we need to lower our status and help raise theirs.

October 30, 2016

4 Lessons Principals Can Learn From Their Staff

If you want a hard hitting blog post about how schools need to change, this is not the one for you. However, if you want to read some ways I learned from my staff when I was a principal, give this one a click.

October 19, 2016

Relationships: The Yin to Feedback's Yang

How can one sentence change the trajectory of student learning? It shows the power of feedback.

October 04, 2016

Actually, I Wasn't Listening to Anything You Said

Listening is one of the most important aspects to our learning, but many of us don't do it well, and we definitely could do it better with our students.

September 20, 2016

Instructional Coaching: Finally, an Easy Choice

There are many reasons why instructional coaching is crucial to teacher development, and here are a few ways to do it well.

September 18, 2016

How to Build Compliance and Kill Collaboration

There's compliance and then there is over-compliance. Over compliance is built by chipping away at one's credibility and it starts one conversation at a time after the person leaves the room.

September 06, 2016

Leadership: It's Much More Than Doing Discipline and Blanket E-mails

Collaborative leadership is about working in partnership with those groups that are a part of the school community, and there are 6 influences based on the research of John Hattie to help get leaders there.

August 28, 2016

Why Can't Instructional Coaches Reinvent Themselves?

We always tell students to learn from their mistakes but it seems that we don't give the same courtesy to instructional coaches. Why is that? Here are five steps coaches can take to reinvent their program.

August 07, 2016

School Leadership: Stop Saying It's 'Going to the Dark Side'

So often leaders hear that they are "Going to the dark side" when they enter into school leadership. We need to stop treating leaders like they're leaving the trenches when they're actually right there in them with teachers.

August 01, 2016

Why Don't Educators Want to Be Coached?

In less than a week we will all be leaning in watching the Olympics. Thousands of athletes who have worked for years with their coach to improve in their sport. Why don't more teachers take advantage of the coaches they have in their buildings?

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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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