March 2009 - Steve Barkley

Motivating Change

I receive monthly the free online newsletter from Marv Marshall, the author of Discipline Without Stress. I often promote Marv’s work encouraging teachers to look at classroom structures focused on promoting student thinking, choices, and responsibility. The following appeared in his most recent newsletter: In a classic study, scientists put two rats in a cage, […]

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How Administrators Support Instructional Coaches

“What does your principal do/say that supports your work with teachers?” That was the question I posed to a team of instructional coaches I worked with recently. The coaches had sent me a list of scenarios that expressed some of the challenges/resistance that they were finding in their work, with a desire for me to […]

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Interest and Effort

These were the key words during a recent day I spent with the students and staff at Twin Lakes Elementary School in Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL.Each third, fourth ,and fifth grade class assigned two or three students to attend a workshop I did on the “effort formula” found in Tapping Student Effort… Increasing Student Achievement. […]

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Professional Learning Communities and Coaches

I found a few authors’ writings this week that reinforced the critical work that needs to occur in PLC’s and teacher/coach dialogues. The following statement appears in National Staff Development’s press release for the report Professional Learning in the Learning Profession: Research shows that professional learning can have a powerful effect on teacher skills and […]

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Coaching Teachers to Great Work

This week my colleague, Sandy Washmon, sent me a link to a video clip that features an upcoming book from Michael Bungay Stainer, a senior partner at Box of Crayons: Find Your Great Work The video clip led me to download (free) the first three chapters of the book. A quick read caused me to […]

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