Public education means different things to different people. Peter DeWitt asked the experts what public education meant to them.
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February 04, 2013
January 17, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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...