May 2011 - Steve Barkley

Building Engagement

In the SmartBlog on Leadership, Paul Marciano, author of “Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT”, writes about Motivation vs Engagement.He differentiates motivated and engaged workers both by how they work and by the quality of their work: “Engaged employees are in the game for the […]

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Coaching Professional Learning Communities

In the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to coach several high school department and elementary grade level professional learning communities. Here are some of the common suggestions I provided:Separate department and grade level “meeting issues” from the work of the PLC. Due to tight time demands I found groups scheduled for an […]

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Coaching Classroom Management

Here is a three step structure coaches can use when exploring classroom management practices with teachers (especially new teachers). It is taken from the Performance Learning System’s course, Classroom Management: Orchestrating a Community of Learners. Step I – Notice it Before you can effectively respond to student misbehavior, you must be aware of it. Classrooms […]

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Teachers’ Use of Coaches

What responsibility do teachers have when instructional coaches are placed in their buildings? In my workshops for coaches and principals I often suggest that principals should be communicating to teachers that there is a professional expectation to make use of the coach as a resource provided to the school. In the February 2011 issue of […]

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Coaching Problem Solving

I was asked to spend two days in an elementary school observing teachers and students practicing problem solving. I observed and conferenced with the instructional coach and administration focusing on ways to support continued problem solving in instruction. In a faculty meeting at the end of my visit I presented the following guidelines for use […]

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