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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Promoting Coachability

Several years back I posted a blog on coachability that was triggered by Steve Keating’s post on the topic, titled How Coachable Are You?.  I reviewed that blog and searched a little further to find more thoughts on the topic of being coachable. As you read through this blog, consider your coachability. Is there room for […]

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The Effect of Teacher Coaching

I read through a recent study on teacher coaching. The Effect of Teacher Coaching on Instruction and Achievement: A Meta-Analysis of the Causal Evidence* identifies the potential of coaching as a development tool and  illustrates the challenges of taking coaching programs to scale while maintaining effectiveness. Coaching effects in large-scale effectiveness trials with 100 teachers […]

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Creating Coaching Conversations: Supporting Reflection

I recently provided a day of follow up training and facilitation for a school’s leadership team of administrators and teacher lead peer coaches. One of the issues we examined was the degree that conversation in coaching conferences illustrates a difference from evaluation conferences which can sound more like a report. Peer coaching is new to […]

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