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Effective Communication Techniques Increase the Impact of Instructional Coaching

Communication Skills for Coaches Our choice of words can have a surprising effect during a coaching conversation. Words that are used commonly in everyday situations can convey unintentional meanings in the context of the delicately balanced dynamics of coaching conversations. This need for careful choice of words can be illustrated with the use of the phrase, […]

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Podcast: Engaging Students in Project-Based Learning

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by instructional coach, Maria Neset, teacher, Renae Ely, and students, Brayden & Emree, from Bismark, North Dakota schools to discuss their experiences with project-based learning. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to […]

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PLCs: Playpen or Playground

While listening to a podcast on creativity, I was introduced to the book Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity Through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play by Mitchel Resnick. In his research paper “GIVE P’S A CHANCE: PROJECTS, PEERS, PASSION, PLAY,” Resnick discusses the research group at MIT Media which developed new technologies, activities, and strategies to engage […]

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Podcast: Teaching & Coaching with Learning Style Preferences

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve explores how individuals learn and work differently and how teachers and coaches can work within the different types of learning style preferences. Check out the Kaleidoscope Profile here: https://plsclasses.com/store/resources/kaleidoscope-profile-learning-styles-inventory-online/ Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit […]

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Responding to a Teacher’s Classroom Problem

While modeling a coaching pre-conference in a workshop for instructional coaches, one teacher shared that as a first-grade teacher she was struggling with students at reading stations. She said that students often were off task or complaining to her about what another student was doing. Our conversation went something like this: Steve: Pick two of […]

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Thoughts on Mentoring and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Part 2

In part one of Some Thoughts on Mentoring,  I examined mentors focusing beyond the survival needs of beginning teachers to building belonging, power, freedom, and fun.  Teachers who know how to fulfill their passion for teaching, while meeting required standards, are empowered. Developing a new teacher’s coachability was also addressed. As the school year progresses, […]

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