April 2009 - Steve Barkley

Planning for High School Improvement

During the last few weeks I have been part of several conversations with High Schools engaged in redesigning themselves, some through small learning communities, to better meet the needs of their students. Much of this effort begins with questions to reflect on current practice and its effectiveness. I spent one day with a high school […]

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Learning Style Differences

A recent posting of Science Daily, Physical Activity May Strengthen Children’s Ability to Pay Attention, reported the following: A professor of kinesiology and community health and the director of the Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory at Illinois, Charles Hillman’s research suggests that physical activity may increase students’ cognitive control – or ability to pay attention – and […]

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Engagement and Effort

This past week I had the opportunity to work with educators around the concept of student effort as the key to student achievement at the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools conference in Cairo, Egypt as well as with instructional coaches across the state of Arkansas where we extended the conversation to examine […]

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Coaching the Complexity of Teaching and Learning

In recent weeks I have had several opportunities to spend time coaching coaches. In these settings I often observe a pre-conference that the coach has with a teacher, observe the teacher’s instruction and the coach’s post conference with the teacher. Then I get to coach the coach usually with some input from the teacher who […]

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