What to do when "best practices" keep changing

Professional-development workshops often give teachers advice boiled down to "best practices" in education, say middle-school teachers Shara Peters and Jody Passanisi. However, this information often conflicts with training and advice offered at past workshops, they write. Instead of hoping for a "universal definition," Peters and Passanisi suggest teachers continue to improve their craft through reflection and focusing on students' needs.

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