February 2009 - Steve Barkley

Future Pictures Promote Effort

I recently presented at Southern Region Education Board’s(SREB) High Schools That Work (HSTW), Quality Teaching: Research Based Strategies That Work Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The workshop was designed for teams composed of teachers in middle grades and high school, career/technical teachers, and school and district leaders from high schools and middle grades schools […]

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Effort and Work

I had the opportunity on a recent winter vacation get-a-way to read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I had read his two previous books The Tipping Point and Blink and enjoyed them both. Two of my educator colleagues had recommended Outliers so I was looking forward to having the time for reading. I wasn’t disappointed except […]

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Knowing Students: Knowing Teachers

In my work with advisories and student effort, I am continuously identifying the need to KNOW students: from students needs for survival, belonging, power, freedom and fun to students’ learning styles to students’ five year plans. I am currently reading Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principals of Great Teaching by Robyn R. […]

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Learning Communities

I just completed presenting at the winter conference of the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals in St. George, Utah. My session was titled “Leading Learning Communities” and focused on the middle school and high school principals. My approach was to establish the link between student achievement and teacher relationships defined broadly as collegial relationships […]

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