Professional Development - Steve Barkley

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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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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Exploring and Coaching Teacher Credibility

“If a teacher is not perceived as credible, the students just turn off.” – John Hattie The Visible Learning website identifies four key factors of credibility: trust, competence, dynamism and immediacy. Let’s explore each one. Trust Shaun Killian (Teacher Credibility: Why It Matters & How To Build It) shares that teachers need to communicate caring […]

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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Questions for Life

An article by Ron Berger, We Learn by Doing: What Educators Get Wrong About Bloom’s Taxonomy, triggered me to reexamine an earlier blog I wrote after reading Sam Wineburg’s and Jack Schneider’s article, Inverting Bloom’s Taxonomy. Berger shares how the original and revised Bloom’s Taxonomy provided educators with an understanding of the importance of giving students opportunities […]

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Play, Do, Learn

My pondering was triggered reading an article written by Carlo Celli and Nathan Richardson titled, Why the United States Stinks at Soccer: We need less practice and more play. Celli and Richardson are professors at Bowling Green State University and the authors of Shoeless Soccer: Fixing the System and Winning the World Cup. As I […]

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The Coach Approach to School Leadership

I had the opportunity to interview the authors of The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness, Kathy Perret, Shira Leibowitz, and Jessica Johnson for a podcast. I first met the three authors in the #EduCoach chat on Twitter (Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM Central Time).  In general this chat group […]

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