Coaches’ Listening Skills

Having an opportunity recently to coach coaches renewed my understanding of the need to slow down and listen effectively as a coach. I believe that often a coach’s desire to be “helpful” has one looking for a solution or an improvement to move toward and thus missing hearing things that are important to the coachee. […]

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Coaching: Athletes, Students, Teachers

I have previously mentioned Trevor Regan’s website, TrainUgly,  in earlier blogs. It provides insights connecting learning performances in sports to those in the classroom for students as well as for coaching teachers. A podcast that Trevor recorded with The Power Company, a group that focuses on the sport of climbing, reinforced and further defined some […]

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Matching Coaching Actions to Teachers’ Developmental Stages

To plan appropriate support that maximizes teachers’ continuous growth in guiding student success, instructional leaders should identify teachers’ current (individual) development stage or skill level. School leaders are well aware that teachers need to diagnosis student levels of skill and understanding before being able to design the most impactful learning options. Yet, professional learning and […]

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Vulnerability and Team Building

While working with building administrators and lead peer coaches at the ACS school in Doha, we explored the extension of a “culture of coaching” within their school. I shared the value of these leaders being vulnerable by taking the lead in requesting coaching from each other and members of the staff. I have written earlier […]

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Podcast: Heavy Coaching

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Heavy Coaching.” Listen as Steve ponders the differences between light and heavy coaching, an idea presented by Joellen Killion of Learning Forward. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks […]

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Request Coaching on Your Words

An article by Alyssa Nucaro, Positive Words Go a Long Way: Simple ways to frame what you say to students to encourage and empower them,  establishes several “listen for” items that a teacher could give to a coach for observation and feedback. Two thoughts from Nucaro identify why this topic is worthy of being a […]

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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…