Professional Development - Steve Barkley

Finding Understanding with Same/Different Exploration

Identifying similarities and differences is a fundamental cognitive process. When faced with a new situation, we naturally look to see how the situation is similar to something we already know and how it is different. I recognize this process as I travel internationally. Landing in an airport with everything labeled in an unfamiliar language, I can identify […]

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Increasing Student Participation in Learning Conversations

Why student talk? Maryellen Weimer identifies five reasons getting students to talk is worth the effort: Students learn the content when they talk about it. Talking lets students learn from each other. Talking gives students, the opportunity to practice using the language of the discipline. Talking connects students with the content. Talking connects students with each […]

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Podcast: Multi-Year Teacher Collaboration

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Multi-Year Teacher Collaboration.” Listen as Steve discusses how increasing teacher collaboration across multiple years can lead to an increase in student achievement. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes.  Thanks […]

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Learning in Roleplay, Simulations, and Live-Events

Many teachers are looking to increase a student-centered, constructivist focus to learning in their classrooms, believing that students need to be actively engaged in seeking and understanding meaning. Anne Sample (2000) provides these guiding principles for teaching and learning which support this teacher focus (page 25): knowledge is constructed from the experience of the learner; […]

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Teachers Taking the Lead

Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison have written a second edition of Taking the Lead: New roles for teachers and school-based coaches.  I was delighted to be asked to write the forward for the book. Here are some of the thoughts I shared: As opportunities for teacher leadership and instructional coaching increase, there is a heightened […]

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Planning Questions for Critical Thinking and Learning

The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as an “intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.” The process tends to help us judge and evaluate situations based […]

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