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Podcast: The Teacher’s Role in Student Motivation

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by teacher educator and PLS Classes instructor, John Schmitt, to explore what the teacher’s role is in student motivation. Designing Motivation for All Learners® is an on-site course offered through PLS Classes. Visit PLSClasses.com to learn more. Get in touch […]

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Exploring Multi-Grade and Multi-Level Learning

My learning and teaching experiences have influenced me to favor opportunities for mixing age and learning levels in classrooms. Let’s go way, way back in my learning history. In 1956, I entered first grade (no kindergarten was offered) at the same one room school that my mother had attended. While she completed grades 1-8 there, […]

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Podcast: Desirable Learning Difficulties to Increase Learning

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve explores how creating desirable learning difficulties can enhance and promote student learning. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for listening!   PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Announcer: 00:00 Take a deeper dive […]

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Practice as a Learning Production Behavior: Practicing for Performance or for Learning

I have a continuing focus on empowering students by clearly teaching them the optimal learning production behaviors. I am increasingly convinced that a teacher’s ability to explain to students how the tasks she is requiring them to complete produces learning is empowering and motivating.  A student’s confidence in his teacher grows as he sees learning […]

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Podcast: The Coaching Balance

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by former instructional coach and current assessment consultant, Kevin Schlomer, to explore the coaching evaluation continuum. View Kevin’s Coaching Balance diagram. Get in touch with Kevin: kevin.schlomer@gmail.com Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit […]

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Coaching Through Change

Teachers respond differently to the requests or requirements for change that schools might make in curriculum, instructional approaches, assessment, etc. Coaches working through change with teachers need to adjust their approaches and strategies to support, encourage, and provide feedback that best meets the teacher’s stage of implementation. In the following ten minute video, I describe […]

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