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August 29, 2012

The Power of Effective Feedback

"The term Feedback is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation. But none of these are feedback, strictly speaking." Grant Wiggins As educators there are two types of impressions we can leave on our students. One is that we leave a po...

August 15, 2012

A New Approach to Teaching? The Flipped Classroom

"The old image of a teacher is one where they keep their lesson plan books at the end of the school year and do not take the time and effort to change their lessons year after year." Have you ever woken up and just wanted to do something different? As an educator, do you long to do one thing new...

August 03, 2012

What Is a Connected Educator?

Some educators have internet-phobia. Even worse, some have computer-phobias. After all, clouds disappear, networks go down and files get lost. The internet isn't as secure as the filing cabinet in the classroom and there is less of a chance of a hacker breaking into a manila folder or a briefcase. H...

July 12, 2012

Do Our Students Have PLN's?

Teachers need to make sure that they are fostering strong PLN's in the classroom because as much as it is important to learn from a teacher, we also understand that the conversations students have with one another can be invaluable as well. Through social media and other venues there is a lot of t...

June 15, 2012

Do We Know How to Teach Highly Able Learners?

The reality is that we need to look at this issue as achievement versus growth. Many highly able learners may achieve high grades without ever growing at all. Teaching highly able learners is a topic that we often ignore in education. We discuss how to teach struggling learners and spend a great ...

June 10, 2012

A Lesson in Southern Cultural History

In New York State we have a little over a week left with our students before the summer break. As sad as it is to say goodbye, we have a summer to reflect and get to help another crop of students grow in the fall. Reflection is good for all of us. We can learn from mistakes and relish in our really...

June 05, 2012

What Makes a Great Teacher?

"The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Todd Whitaker Lately, there has been a lot of debate about what makes a great teacher. We all spend a great deal of time trying to distinguish between the good ones and b...

June 03, 2012

Finding Your Voice

"When you see what is right, have the courage to do it". Chinese proverb There are times that it seems we, as educators, want students to speak up on our behalf when it works for us. When budgets have the potential to be voted down or a program may be cut due to declining funds. We want students t...

May 28, 2012

The Power of the Principal

"Speak up, be a leader, set the direction - but be participative, listen well, cooperate (Bennis, 2003)." The other day I was on Twitter and came across an excellent blog titled, Do We Need Principals, written by Josh Stumpenhorst, a sixth grade ELA and social science teacher in suburban Illinois. ...

April 27, 2012

Making Kindergarten Mandatory

Kindergarten has long been the place where children go to strengthen their social and emotional growth. Through interactions with peers, students learn how to get along with others and how to make mistakes and move forward. Over the years, before play dates made their way into the mainstream, kinder...

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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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