Coaching - Steve Barkley

Reflecting on Scaffolding

The term scaffold as used in building construction is described as a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the building, repair or decoration of a structure. When applied to teaching, scaffolding is considered to be resources and/or guidance to support student learning. I have explored scaffolding when observing instruction. I often find two […]

Read more...

Coaching Outstanding Teachers

When I wrote Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching, I based it around two critical beliefs: The first belief was that we should have structures that allow everyone working in a building to receive feedback at least once a week. That outcome would necessitate peer coaching because there is no way a building administrator and […]

Read more...

Teaching and Coaching Student Effort

I wrote the book Tapping Student Effort, Increasing Student Achievement, around a formula that reads effort times ability, focused on a manageable task, equals success. I found a lot of students were unaware of the formula. Many thought the formula was ability equals success. They had a tendency to look around the room and spot […]

Read more...

Comfortable with Discomfort

In the work that I’ve done across the past 35 years connected to peer coaching, instructional coaching, mentoring, and coaching connected to supervision, one of the elements that has been present from the very beginning is the realization that coaching creates discomfort. Being coached brings some level of discomfort. To grow from the coaching experience, […]

Read more...

Build the Instructional Coach-Principal Partnership During the Summer Months

The alignment of an instructional coach’s and principal’s messages to staff is important in maintaining teacher actions what will drive increased student learning. Both principal and coach must make constant decisions and responses to staff during busy school days throughout the year. Rich conversations assist principal and coach in knowing their thinking is based on […]

Read more...

A Conversation with Jim Knight

I am excited to be joining Jim Knight at the Teaching Learning Coaching Conference 2018,  October 9-11, in  Las Vegas. Jim has created an opportunity for instructional coaches to interact with a great list of coaching leaders. Jim  posted a blog titled, Steve Barkley Interview and I posted a podcast of a conversation he and I had. Here […]

Read more...

The Academy for Educators

Become an expert in instructional coaching, blended and online learning strategies, engaging 21st Century learners, and more with online PD from PLS 3rd Learning.
Learn more