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Responding to a Teacher’s Classroom Problem

While modeling a coaching pre-conference in a workshop for instructional coaches, one teacher shared that as a first-grade teacher she was struggling with students at reading stations. She said that students often were off task or complaining to her about what another student was doing. Our conversation went something like this: Steve: Pick two of […]

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Thoughts on Mentoring and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Part 2

In part one of Some Thoughts on Mentoring,  I examined mentors focusing beyond the survival needs of beginning teachers to building belonging, power, freedom, and fun.  Teachers who know how to fulfill their passion for teaching, while meeting required standards, are empowered. Developing a new teacher’s coachability was also addressed. As the school year progresses, […]

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Podcast: Stories & Relationships

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Adrienna Joyce, author of the article “Stories Are All We Are” to discuss the importance of stories and how they can help build relationships. Read Adrienna’s article here: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol13/Stories-Are-All-We-Are.aspx Get in touch with Adrienna: adrienna.joyce@gmail.com Subscribe to the Steve […]

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Thoughts on Mentoring and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Part 1

Mentors should focus on empowering beginning teachers. Years ago, I did a lot of work with William Glasser’s Control Theory/Choice Theory regarding motivating students. Glasser described a focus on survival, belonging, power, freedom, and fun. If you had a classroom where students’ survival needs were met (physical and emotional safety) and you created a sense […]

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Podcast: Jim Knight & the TLC Conference

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Senior Partner at the Instructional Coaching Group, Jim Knight to discuss the recent Teaching Learning Coaching (TLC) conference. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for listening!

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Defining Instructional Coaching: It Matters

As I read a recent newspaper report, I was tugged to examine again how school leaders, school board members, teachers, and instructional coaches themselves define the role of coaches. The reporter was exploring, “What are instructional coaches and how do they help teachers?” This examination of instructional coaching was occurring because the school board was […]

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