September 2009 - Steve Barkley

Moving Coaching from Light to Heavy

A recent blog by Kim Cofino, a 21st Century Literacy Specialist at the International School in Bangkok, whom I’ve met through Twitter and online, triggered this week’s post. Kim, learning with a coaching team was studying Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives edited by Jim Knight, focusing on a chapter written by Joellen Killion, Coaching Heavy and […]

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Daniel Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation

I recently met with a PLC consisting of 3rd 4th and 5th grade teachers early in their school year. The group was struggling with two new district/building policies put in place. First, a district policy that homework scores not count in student grades. This decision was made after the recognition that there were substantial numbers […]

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Hoarding Individuals…Sharing Franchises…Teams

In a blog post titled Hoarding Culture or Sharing Culture, Rob Jacobs provides the following descriptions: Hoarding Culture— teachers and schools keep their expertise, their knowledge, their ideas, and their innovations to themselves. Sharing Culture—- these teachers know that their fellow teachers, their fellow principals, and their fellow schools can benefit and should benefit from […]

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Tiger Woods and Two Coaching Beliefs

In Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching, I describe the need for everyone to be coached and suggest that the stronger a person’s skill set becomes, the more coaching they should receive. Debbie Watts a new instructional coach in Sumner County TN produced the following visual to introduce the coaching concept to her school. […]

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