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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Steve Barkley

For the past 35 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…