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September 25, 2016

What Presidential Candidates, Brangelina, and Reality Television Mean for Education

We ask the question of why we don't have better candidates for president or why our friends would ever vote for a candidate we wouldn't. It's all tied up in our need to be entertained more than informed. Good news though, because we can change that in the classroom.

September 22, 2016

Why Do Students Think They Have to Be Perfect?

Why do students believe they have to be perfect. It doesn't necessarily come from within. It may be pushed on them from the adults around them.

September 20, 2016

Instructional Coaching: Finally, an Easy Choice

There are many reasons why instructional coaching is crucial to teacher development, and here are a few ways to do it well.

September 18, 2016

How to Build Compliance and Kill Collaboration

There's compliance and then there is over-compliance. Over compliance is built by chipping away at one's credibility and it starts one conversation at a time after the person leaves the room.

September 15, 2016

Are We Thinking About Growth Mindset Too Narrowly?

Are we thinking too narrowly about the growth mindset?

September 13, 2016

John Hattie's Research Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

John Hattie's research is often seen as complicated but it doesn't have to be. DeWitt explores the basics of Hattie's research, and how to go deeper, in this blog post.

September 09, 2016

Grit, Growth Mindsets, and Technology

We often want students to have grit or a "growth mindset" but we often lack it at the same time we are telling them to have it. Here are 3 ways to show our students what we want.

September 06, 2016

Leadership: It's Much More Than Doing Discipline and Blanket E-mails

Collaborative leadership is about working in partnership with those groups that are a part of the school community, and there are 6 influences based on the research of John Hattie to help get leaders there.

September 01, 2016

Last I Checked, Compliance Isn't a Learning Standard

How many practices have we, as teachers, utilized out of habit without evaluating their effectiveness? How often do our students have to engage in compliant engagement rather than authentic engagement? Last time I checked, compliance wasn't a learning standard.

August 28, 2016

Why Can't Instructional Coaches Reinvent Themselves?

We always tell students to learn from their mistakes but it seems that we don't give the same courtesy to instructional coaches. Why is that? Here are five steps coaches can take to reinvent their program.

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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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