Moving Coaching from Light to Heavy

A recent blog by Kim Cofino, a 21st Century Literacy Specialist at the International School in Bangkok, whom I’ve met through Twitter and online, triggered this week’s post. Kim, learning with a coaching team was studying Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives edited by Jim Knight, focusing on a chapter written by Joellen Killion, Coaching Heavy and […]

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Daniel Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation

I recently met with a PLC consisting of 3rd 4th and 5th grade teachers early in their school year. The group was struggling with two new district/building policies put in place. First, a district policy that homework scores not count in student grades. This decision was made after the recognition that there were substantial numbers […]

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Hoarding Individuals…Sharing Franchises…Teams

In a blog post titled Hoarding Culture or Sharing Culture, Rob Jacobs provides the following descriptions: Hoarding Culture— teachers and schools keep their expertise, their knowledge, their ideas, and their innovations to themselves. Sharing Culture—- these teachers know that their fellow teachers, their fellow principals, and their fellow schools can benefit and should benefit from […]

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Tiger Woods and Two Coaching Beliefs

In Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching, I describe the need for everyone to be coached and suggest that the stronger a person’s skill set becomes, the more coaching they should receive. Debbie Watts a new instructional coach in Sumner County TN produced the following visual to introduce the coaching concept to her school. […]

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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…