Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud - Weekly Updated Education Blog

Podcast: Professional Learning—Let’s Not Go Back to Normal!

Allie Rodman, the author of Personalized Professional Learning: A Job- Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice and founder of The Learning Loop, shares ways that school leaders and instructional coaches should be building learner voice, co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery into their designs for professional learning. What are we learning as leaders in the time […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Building Developmental Relationships—Teachers’ Findings

Four educators from Passaic Public Schools in New Jersey share their experiences and insights with building development relationships when school is virtual. These educators are approaching a year of virtual teaching. Their enthusiasm and optimism drives their ongoing learning and that of their students. Get in contact with Chad, Director of Staff Development at: cleverett@passaicschools.org […]

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Want feedback to go further? Try implementing a feedback cycle.

I recently had the pleasure of learning from Matt Johnson, a high school English teacher and the author of Flash Feedback: Responding to Students Better and Faster: Without Burning Out and he recently joined me for a podcast, Supporting Teachers’ Use of Flash Feedback. Matt agreed to share his thinking here as a guest blogger. […]

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Podcast: Coaching Around Student Engagement

Instructional coaches share that teachers often ask them to observe and coach with a focus on student engagement. What should a coach explore before agreeing to the teacher’s request? On this podcast, Steve provides coaching to a coach on how to explore student engagement with an individual teacher and her grade level cohort. Subscribe to […]

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Podcast for Parents – Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity

The Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT researches and develops strategies and technologies that engage young people in creative learning experiences. Consider how some of their insights and suggestions fit into building play as a learning element for your children as well as for yourself. Are you modelling learning through play? Read Steve’s blog on the […]

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Paraphrasing and the Power of “You”

In The Leader’s Guide to Coaching in Schools, John Campbell and Christian van Nieuwerburgh, share key coaching skills; several of which I think closely connect to listening skills. Being Present – “There are few greater gifts we can give another person these days than being present.” Giving full and focused attention is a powerful way […]

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