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August 25, 2019

The Unity of the Human Race: Our Precarious Future

Humans are not intrinsically good. Each of us is conflicted; sometimes selfish, other times committing to others and the common good. Guest blogger Michael Fullan believes that we are tipped to be good but only when certain conditions prevail.

June 23, 2019

Grades Versus Comments: What Does the Research Really Tell Us?

In articles and presentations on student feedback, educators are admonished today to use "No grades, comments only!" Unfortunately, they do not seem to know the whole story, nor do they seem to know what the research really says, guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey, a senior research scholar at the University of Louisville.

May 12, 2019

How Can Mindfulness Teach Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning?

Our students are constantly told to toughen up, but too often students turn to negative behaviors like binge drinking or drugs because of their inability to handle stress and anxiety. Perhaps mindfulness can help?

April 26, 2019

Why the 20th Anniversary of Columbine Should Be About Listening to Students

As adults, our job is to ensure all children feel safe in school. Creating a safe space for learning starts with listening to our students. We must prioritize not only listening to our students but also using their input to enact change.

April 22, 2019

Why Pedagogy and Politics Must Partner

A pedagogical pathway is paved with "engaging (learning about) the world," and "changing it for the better." What now is emerging is the possibility that pedagogical savvy and political action may make for a surprising combination with students as a force for change.

February 25, 2019

Let's Give Up the Search for 'Best Practices' in Grading

Let's give up the search for "best practices" in grading. Best practices are often not as great as we are told.

February 10, 2019

Addressing Criticisms of Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

There is a lot of pushback from critics when teachers and leaders try to address the social-emotional-learning needs of students. The reality is that social-emotional learning is not only easy to address, it's important to do so, and this post explains why.

January 27, 2019

When Schools Say 'All Means All,' What Do They Really Mean?

Peter DeWitt discusses life for LGBTQ students and what schools should do to help them.

December 02, 2018

12 Areas School Leaders Should Focus on in 2019

2019 is quickly approaching. Here are 12 issues that leaders should have on their radar for the new year.

November 11, 2018

Why Are We So Uninformed? We Don't Read What We Share

A few months ago, there was a blog post on Finding Common Ground that was shared 300,000 times but was read 100,000 times. It seems as though the adults who talk about media literacy don't necessarily read what they share, and that's a problem.

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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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