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Podcast for Parents: The Thinking Brain and Body Movement

Dr. Gretchen Stewart, a parent, teacher, researcher and the founder of an upcoming school, Smart Moves Academy, which focuses on the thinking brain and the moving body to maximize learning, shares her knowledge and experience with parents. As a parent of two children with learning differences, her understanding of providing for individual learning needs is […]

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Happiness in Teaching

The title of this study caught my attention when it showed up in an email feed: Effect of Teachers’ Happiness on Teachers’ Health. The Mediating Role of Happiness at Work. It was one of a list of articles under the topic Well-Being of School Teachers in Their Work Environment. A quick look illustrates why teacher […]

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Personalized Coaching: Building Your Coaching Skills With Steve Barkley

As part of the NESA (Near East South Asia) Networked Learning Series, Steve will be teaching an 8-week, self-paced, online course that is designed to build personalized coaching skills. This unique distance learning opportunity will help you design a study that looks at an area of coaching or specific coaching skills that you wish to […]

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Podcast: Supporting Teachers’ PLC Practices

Experienced teacher, PLC teacher leader, and Instructional Coach, Darby Tobolka, joins Steve for a conversation about PLC design, purpose, and expectations. They highlight the role of instructional coaches in focusing PLC’s on student learning. E-mail Darby: darby.tobolka@leanderisd.org Find Darby on Twitter: @DarbyT_IC Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Argumentative Writing That Listens

We can teach students to write and debate with nuance and empathy to achieve productive civil discourse. An important topic when the media around them shares few examples. Erica Beaton, an experienced English and Social Studies teacher, shares the highlights of her findings as she implemented a listening process into students’ argumentative essay assignments. Strategies […]

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Not One More Thing

In the past weeks, I have had several school leaders and instructional coaches share with me that the phrase, “Not One More Thing” is a common response they are hearing from teachers as they explore areas for progressing or growing from current teaching and learning practices. Whether discussing coaching sessions, peer observations, teaching strategies, or […]

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