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Planning Questions for Coaching Conferencing and PLC Facilitation

I presented a session for instructional coaches looking to sharpen their questioning skills for conferencing and facilitating along with the deepening an understanding for coaching teachers on their use of questions. Here is the session description: There is a strong connection between questioning and learning. Teachers’ questions can engage and model thinking processes that students […]

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Podcast: The Coach and Principal Partnership — Part 1

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by instructional coach, Ayana Etienne and principal, Marc Gaillard from the Sulphur Springs K-8 school to discuss the importance of a coach/principal partnership. Get in touch with Ayana: ayana.etienne@sdhc.k12.fl.us Get in touch with Mark: mark.gaillard@sdhc.k12.fl.us Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders […]

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Lifeguard or Swim Coach? The Role of Struggle

Recently I saw this post on Twitter: “A lifeguard’s job is to prevent struggle but a swim instructor’s job is to encourage struggle. Should educators be more like lifeguards or swim instructors?” (@MikeFlynn55 the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College and author of Beyond Answers). At the time that I saw the […]

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De-Privatizing Teaching

When Kim Cofino and Clint Hamada (Coach Better) interviewed me for a podcast, they posed this concern: .”..a lot of teachers have gotten used to the privatization of their classrooms and almost feel threatened by the de-privatization that goes with coaching. How do you work with teachers and with coaches to do this in a […]

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Podcast: Teacher Cooperation and Collaboration

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve looks at the difference between teacher cooperation and teacher collaboration. Read Zachary Herrmann’s article, “Cooperate or Collaborate?” here. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. PODCAST TRANSCRIPTAnnouncer : 00:00 Take a […]

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Creating Opportunities to Develop Collective Teacher Efficacy

Collective teacher efficacy, when a staff of teachers believe that together they can inspire growth and change in their students, has the greatest impact on student achievement—even higher than factors like teacher-student relationships, home environment, or parental involvement (John Hattie). Collective teacher efficacy is unlikely to develop without a leadership plan for creating the environment […]

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