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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...

April 17, 2012

At Risk of Losing Our Creativity

Although we have the anchor of high stakes testing chained to our ankles we still need to find ways to move forward. Our students are counting on us. High stakes testing begins today in our school. School climates change when the tests arrive. As much as we try to maintain normalcy, students and t...

April 09, 2012

Teacher Job Satisfaction...or Lack There of

"Teachers are also more than four times as likely now than they were five years ago to say that they do not feel their job is secure." The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher The other day I read the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher. To say it was a depressing document to read is an under...

April 01, 2012

Relationships Matter

The relationships we create with others are vitally important to who we are and who we want to become. When I was younger I hated the word "networking" because I thought it sounded like a word shallow guys used to describe how they worked to build business connections. They attended "networking" l...

March 29, 2012

Principal Walkthroughs

Schools are supposed to be educational institutions where students are engaged, teachers are nurturing and offer rigorous lessons, and principals are educational leaders where they can help create inclusive environments. Unfortunately, this is often a Utopian view of schools. Too often principals s...

March 28, 2012

What's With the Negative Campaign Against Education?

"NOTE: No one, under any circumstances, including the student, may alter the student's responses on these tests once the student has handed in his or her test materials. Teachers and administrators who engage in inappropriate conduct with respect to administering State examinations may be subject t...

March 25, 2012

Democracy in Education Includes Students

Democracy has a different meaning for different people. For most people it means the right to speak out and express their opinion. In our present dark education times we have plenty to speak up about, whether it is high stakes testing or unfair cuts to education. Unfortunately, we do not always al...

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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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