Professional Development - Steve Barkley

Podcast: Pre-Conferencing – A Critical Element to Effective Coaching

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve models a pre-conference with Kelly Stevens (@KellyStevens512) from the professional development staff at the Northern Valley school district.   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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Belonging and Relationships

Two recent articles encouraged me to reflect on how the environment we create in schools and classrooms can impact student learning. Mindshift featured a piece that examined, How Being Part of a ‘House’ Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging. Creating houses forms smaller communities within the school where students can make […]

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Facilitating Discussions In Classrooms Using the Fishbowl Strategy

Michael Harris’ blog, The Five Advantages of Teaching with Discussions, provides the following payoffs for educators to increase student engagement in classroom discussions. Students: Explore different perspectives. Assume more ownership of learning. Explore topics deeper. Actively engage. Develop comfort with ambiguity and complexity. Discussions are also critical for students to master college and career ready communication skills […]

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Reflection and Insights

Jackie Gerstein, writing in Where is reflection in the learning process?, shares an experience most teachers can relate to: “I asked the students to get in small groups to discuss these questions. They got in their groups and just looked at one another with baffled looks on their faces while remaining silent. I tried rewording the […]

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Teacher Talk and Student Talk

I had the opportunity to listen to the podcast, How much of your lesson should be teacher talk?, with professor Neil Mercer, the emeritus professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and director of Oracy Cambridge. On the podcast he explores the roles of both student talk and teacher talk in the classroom. As I listened […]

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Podcast: The Coach Approach to School Leadership

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Jessica Johnson (@PrincipalJ), Shira Leibowitz (@shiraleibowitz), and Kathy Perret (@KathyPerret), authors of the book “The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness”. Find out more and get the book here: http://www.coachapproach4schools.com/ Subscribe to the […]

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