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February 04, 2013

What Does Public Education Mean to You?

Public education means different things to different people. Peter DeWitt asked the experts what public education meant to them.

January 17, 2013

When a Classroom Works (and Doesn't)

Based on Seth Godin's blog When a Meeting Work and (Doesn't), Peter delves into how Seth's suggestions can work for any classroom and school.

January 07, 2013

How to Create a Boy-Friendly School

If we want to change the outcomes for boys, we need to first come to grips with this reality: School is a better fit for girls than for boys.

December 30, 2012

A Word or Two...About Writing

The writing process should be fun and exciting and Peter uses the book Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg to show how.

December 28, 2012

Have You Filled a Bucket Today With a Random Act of Kindness?

Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a tragedy to get people to step back and reflect on life. It shouldn't but it does. Many people try to learn something from even the most horrific of events. The Sandy Hook tragedy is one such event that people are trying to learn from. Some choose to fight about gu...

December 10, 2012

Is Homework the Root of All Evil?

As an elementary school teacher I was required to provide homework to students every night except for Fridays. During school vacations we were required, yes...required, to provide packets of math and ELA to students. Every vacation I gave my first graders packets of dittos that they had to complete ...

December 06, 2012

Are We Too Secure in Our Opinions or Not Secure Enough?

As much as we seem to be a society that wants to share our opinions with others, we don't seem to be a society that wants others to share their opinions with us.

October 21, 2012

The Benefits of Evidence-Based Observations

Great Lessons are a continuous conversation from one day to the next where you build on yesterday in preparation for tomorrow. It sounds like common sense. Shouldn't all observations be evidence based? Is this a passing fad using new vocabulary? Or is this a new focus for principals and teachers? T...

September 30, 2012

Trying to Be Innovative During a Standardized Time

A few years ago our school raised money for the Heifer Project. Though we had a two year goal, we raised the money in less than one year. We achieved our goal in less time because of a dedicated staff, hardworking students and very supportive parents. It didn't happen because of points on an evalua...

September 05, 2012

Rethinking Elementary School

"Approaches based on lecturing by teachers, passive reading of textbooks, and "fill-in-the-blank" worksheets keep students from making decisions, from becoming actively involved in their learning, and from learning how to think and communicate effectively." Bob Peterson We are at risk of losing wha...

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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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