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December 13, 2016

7 Keys to Building a Successful Learning Environment for Students

There are 7 keys to building a positive learning environment in your classroom. Three of them as Classroom Expectations, Targeted Instruction and Positive Reinforcement. Click on this blog for the other four.

December 11, 2016

Teachers, What Feedback Would You Give Your Principal?

As a teacher, if you could really provide feedback to your school leader what feedback (positive or negative) would you give them? What do you really want them to know?

December 04, 2016

Collaborative Reflection: How Do You Lead?

Building collective efficacy among staff has a high effect size and is a characteristic of a collaborative leader. Unfortunately, not every situation in leadership can be collaborative. There are 4 types of leadership styles. In this blog those 4 styles are explained and a reflective tool is offered as a way for leaders to see where they spend most of their time.

December 01, 2016

'Bad Moms' and Why Parents Need Professional Development, Too

Is the PTA outdated, or do more parents need professional development on what schools need?

November 28, 2016

7 Ways to Create a More Positive School Climate

We seem to be surrounded by negativity which can harm our school climate. Research shows that a happy school climate results in better engaged students. Here are 7 ways to make your school climate happier.

November 20, 2016

Why Collaborative Inquiry? Professional Learning That Makes a Difference

Do you want deeper professional learning? Are you tired of professional development that wastes your time? Have you tried collaborative inquiry? If you don't know what collaborative inquiry is, this is the blog for you.

November 15, 2016

School Climate: Why Avoiding Tough Conversations Limits Our Learning

School climate is very popular these days in educational circles. The only issue with that is school leaders often avoid talking about the topics that will make their climates better.

November 10, 2016

Whole-Child Journey: Why We Bumped Recess Up to 40 Minutes a Day

Our students need more...not less. And when we say more...we mean mindfulness and recess.

November 08, 2016

Does Self-Efficacy Really Matter?

Ashton and Webb (1986) found that, "Teachers with low teaching efficacy don't feel that teachers, in general, can make much of a difference in the lives of students, while teachers with low personal teaching efficacy don't feel that they, personally, affect the lives of the students." Yeah, I'd say self-efficacy matters.

November 06, 2016

Lower Your Status. Raise Theirs.

Status can prevent us from getting to the heart of the issue with a student or another adult, and sometimes it's based in having a low level of self-efficacy. If we want to have the best conversations with others, and focus on learning, we need to lower our status and help raise theirs.

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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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