July 2008 - Steve Barkley

Walkthroughs and Coaching

When I am doing coaching training within a school district that is conducting walkthroughs, I am often asked if walkthroughs are a form of coaching. My usual response is,”It depends.” It depends on the relationships and the conversations that occur between people doing the walkthroughs and the teachers whose classrooms are being observed. While working […]

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Should Parenting Training be a 21st Century Skill for our Students?

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has defined a frame work for 21st century learning. They believe our core subjects should be broadened and deepened with interdisciplinary themes that explore:*Global Awareness*Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy*Civic Literacy*Health Literacy The partnership also stresses the need for students to develop skills in the following areas:Learning and Innovation […]

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Peer Coaching: Umbrella or Skeleton

When describing to teachers that a peer coaching program is not ”another thing”, I often suggest that it is a tool… an umbrella under which many of our existing programs or tasks get accomplished. Most recently, I was training 165 pre-K to 12 teachers and administrators at the Enka International School in Istanbul, Turkey in […]

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Need for Direction

Those of you who have attended my workshops or read my book, Tapping Student Effort…..Increasing Student Achievement, know that I focus on the need for students to have a “picture of the future” that motivates the effort that is necessary for achievement. A recent article in Education Week (June 11, 2008) Eye on Research, featured […]

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