Hybrid Rotation Learner Behaviors

Some schools have implemented a rotation instructional model that has students learning by moving in small groups among working in teacher directed instruction, a collaborative learning activity, and an independent learning (often technology based) task. Some approached this strategy as a way of increasing differentiation or personalization. Some were focused on a process for increasing […]

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Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast – Episode 2: Maximizing Learning

In the second episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by PLS 3rd Learning CEO Don Jacobs, Ph.D., to ponder “Maximizing Learning.” Listen, as Don and Steve examine the design of a school day with the goal of creating an environment where the largest number of students are spending the […]

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Coaching Questions: Going Slower to Go Faster and Deeper

Mike Sturm posted a blog focusing on one of Stephen Covey’s  7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Seek First to Understand. Sturm stated, “To me, this habit is the most important of the 7, without question. The essence of this habit is a temperament that favors curiosity, open-mindedness, empathy, and patience — all rolled into one. In order […]

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Introducing the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast

We are excited to announce the first episode of the new Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, now available for free through the iTunes Store. In the first episode, Steve ponders “The Importance of a Collaborative School Culture.” In each episode of the Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve will offer insight on important educational topics, […]

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Leaders and Teacher Collective Efficacy

My current reading is Jenni Donohoo’s book, Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning.  “Collective teacher efficacy refers to the collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities.” (Tschannen-Moran and Barr, Leadership and Policy in Schools) […]

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Establishing the Coach-Principal Partnership

  For an instructional coaching program to successfully impact educator learning that drives increased student learning, it is critical that the principal and coach align their thinking, goals and plans. Sebastian Wren and Diana Vallejo writing in Effective Collaboration Between Instructional Coaches and Principals,  identify several critical elements for successful instructional coaching initiatives, including the coach-principal […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. Read more…