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September 10, 2015

4 Reasons Instructional Coaching Won't Work

Coaching is about deep, long lasting relationships between a teacher and coach. If we are entering into the coaching relationship we need to do it in a way that won't be a waste time. Here are 4 ways coaching won't work.

September 06, 2015

That's Not Mainstreaming!

If you don't forcibly build joint ownership into mainstreaming, you will not get mainstreaming other than in name, and there's little special about a teacher rushing around a class putting her finger in innumerable leaks.

August 24, 2015

3 Reasons Why Teachers Should Film Themselves Teaching

Teachers should video themselves teaching for many reasons, but here are 3 of the most powerful. Sadly, because of hostile school climates, many teachers will never be able to use the process for everything it's worth.

August 12, 2015

Leaders: Do You Lack Follow-Through?

When it comes to improvement, there needs to be a focus on whether co-constructed goals are met, but often leaders fall down when it comes to following through.

August 10, 2015

Do We Really Want Feedback?

There is a lot of great research around the topic of effective feedback. But is feedback something we really want?

August 05, 2015

Are You Sure Your Favorite Lessons Work?

We are so hung up on our beliefs that we are always looking for research that will support our opinions, and never really take the time to look for research that will debunk our opinions.

August 02, 2015

What Are the 'Big 4' in Teaching and Learning Observations?

Observations on teaching and learning are one of the most important places for principals and teachers to create a partnership, but it doesn't always happen. For principals who want to take the process seriously, there are 4 areas to focus on.

July 24, 2015

8 Ways to Prevent Within School Variability

The difference in teacher expertise within schools has a huge impact on learning within the classroom. Instead of staying in silos, school leaders should be harnessing what John Hattie calls the Power of Collaborative Expertise.

July 22, 2015

7 Words to Know When Helping Transgender Students

When the topic of the LGBTQ curriculum comes up in discussion, it brings about very strong feelings. The NY State Education Department's guidance on transgender students will certainly add fuel to the fire.

July 17, 2015

Why a 'Growth Mindset' Won't Work

John Hattie's research shows that growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset has an effect size of .19, which is below the Hinge Point, and the biggest reason why the growth mindset may not work is in 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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