The Complexity of Modeling

Many coaches and mentors spend a good deal of their time providing modeling of instructional strategies and practices for teachers. We know from the work of Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers that teachers “seeing a model of a practice” is critical in their learning and creating a change in practice. • What new teachers want […]

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Trust: For Learning and Coaching

Several times in the last few weeks I have been in conversations or presentations where the topic of trust building in coaching emerged. I was reminded of an activity that I often explore with teachers examining the role of relationships in learning. I ask participants to consider a time that they learned something quickly and […]

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Leading in Conflict

I just returned from the Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Conference at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. I had the opportunity to present and to be a panel member and participant in breakout workshops. One of the session I attended, Coaches and Conflict in Schools, was presented by Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor,at […]

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Coaching Update

I had a request from a group of coaches to hold a Skype discussion. Several new coaches had been added to the team and wanted to touch base with me knowing that I had trained existing coaches over the last two years. In addition several experienced coaches had questions and scenarios they wanted to discuss. […]

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Raised Hands

Last week I was conducting a staff wide (K-12) professional development day on peer coaching. I had asked the principal to find a teacher who would volunteer to have his class taped so that I could model a preconference/observation/post conference coaching sequence. In the preconference the teacher requested that the observation be based on his […]

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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…