December 2009 - Steve Barkley

‘Twas the Time Before Coaching

This week’s blog celebrates coaches and teachers. It comes to you compliments of Carla Cushman, a Supervisor of Coaches in Sumner County TN.Thank you Carla!Happy New Year to All (Photo of Santa and Zoey Biddelman, Steve’s Grandaughter) ‘Twas the Time Before Coaching‘Twas the time before coaching , when all through the schools,Not a teacher was […]

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Leader’s Response to “Overwhelmed”

In the last few months I’ve heard coaches or principals say that their teachers are overwhelmed. I’ve been in PLC meetings where teachers share with teammates that they are just overwhelmed by …students’ needs, paperwork, parent demands, curriculum requirements, etc. Leaders and facilitators often ask, ”How do I respond?” A look at the word: o•ver•whelm […]

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What Environments Encourage Learning?

Betty Steinberg wrote a commentary, Schools Need a Culture Shift; Bringing Passion, Fun, and Collaboration Back to the Classroom, in the Nov 18, 2009 Education Week where she suggested too many students would describe school as follows:“It’s drudgery. We sit alone at our desks and silently answer lots of questions that our teachers tell us […]

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