Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud - Weekly Updated Education Blog

Podcast: Reframing from an Assembly Line System to an Ecosystem

This is the second podcast in a series on reframing our mindsets and reframing problems. Many of our processes in schools are more mechanical than emergent. This frequently doesn’t fit with learning which is often messy, irregular, non-linear, spontaneous and complex. Margaret Wheatley describes us as thinkers who play and tinker as we adapt and […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Creating a Classroom Where Students Learn From Mistakes

The author of Risk. Fail. Rise… A Teacher’s Guide to Learning from Mistakes, Colleen Cruz, describes why we want to create “a mistake welcoming school.” What mistakes do we frequently make when responding to learners’ mistakes? How can teachers reflect out loud on our mistakes as a model for students. Read “Risk. Fail. Rise.” here.  […]

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Building Trust With Expectations

Educational leaders working with instructional coaching, mentoring, professional learning communities, and professional growth plans are increasingly needing to address the topic of a trusting culture that promotes the vulnerability necessary for educator growth. Trust is needed for educator risk-taking. My suggested starting point for leaders building this culture of trust is to, “Say what you […]

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Podcast: Coaching for Efficacy, Agency, and Hope

Angela Buckingham, an experienced instructional coach and coaching trainer, shares her insights around the role of hope and reflection as educators deal with the impacts of the pandemic in the last year. She connects Snyder’s theory of hope (goals, pathways and agency) to our role as coaches. Visit Angela’s website here. Watch the video clip […]

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Podcast for Parents: Conversations and Listening With Tweens

Phyllis Fagell, parent, school counselor, private therapist, and author shares insights for parenting with Tweens (ages 10-14). She combines her personal experiences with research findings to support the engagement of tweens in conversation when at times they appear to be disinterested. Several “myths” are uncovered. Visit Phyllis’ website here.  Follow Phyllis on Twitter: @Pfagell Subscribe […]

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Equity in Extended Learning Opportunities

The root of the ponder for this blog came from Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast titled The Powerball Revolution. Engaging in a conversation with students at the Lawrenceville School, a prestigious private school in New Jersey, Gladwell explores the thinking of Adam Cronkright, the co-founder and director of Democracy in Practice. This nonprofit, working with […]

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