October 2011 - Steve Barkley

The Complexity of Modeling

Many coaches and mentors spend a good deal of their time providing modeling of instructional strategies and practices for teachers. We know from the work of Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers that teachers “seeing a model of a practice” is critical in their learning and creating a change in practice. • What new teachers want […]

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Trust: For Learning and Coaching

Several times in the last few weeks I have been in conversations or presentations where the topic of trust building in coaching emerged. I was reminded of an activity that I often explore with teachers examining the role of relationships in learning. I ask participants to consider a time that they learned something quickly and […]

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Leading in Conflict

I just returned from the Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Conference at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. I had the opportunity to present and to be a panel member and participant in breakout workshops. One of the session I attended, Coaches and Conflict in Schools, was presented by Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor,at […]

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Coaching Update

I had a request from a group of coaches to hold a Skype discussion. Several new coaches had been added to the team and wanted to touch base with me knowing that I had trained existing coaches over the last two years. In addition several experienced coaches had questions and scenarios they wanted to discuss. […]

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Raised Hands

Last week I was conducting a staff wide (K-12) professional development day on peer coaching. I had asked the principal to find a teacher who would volunteer to have his class taped so that I could model a preconference/observation/post conference coaching sequence. In the preconference the teacher requested that the observation be based on his […]

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