January 2012 - Steve Barkley

Questions to Facilitate PLCs

Last week’s blog identified discussions for PLC’s using a backwards planning process from a recent professional development day that I facilitated. Later with the same school I was asked to facilitate some example PLC discussions for elementary teachers. The quote from the Annenberg Institute provides a starting point for what a PLC might set out to […]

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Developing Professional Learning Communities

I presented and facilitated a district wide experience this week for newly formed PLC’s. I designed the presentation around three quotes from Richard DuFour and my work with backwards planning featured in Instructional Coaching With the End in Mind.      DuFour identified three big ideas in the article linked above:   Big Idea #1-  […]

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Grit and Achievement

Last week’s blog covered some of my thoughts connected with Martin Seligman’s book, Flourish, and connections I made to coaching. I had an opportunity this week to explore another element from Seligman’s work with members of a middle school staff: Chapter 6 in Flourish… Self Control, Character and Grit presents a formula: Achievement = Skill x Effort which […]

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My holiday reading list included Flourish… A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well- being by Martin E.P. Seligman. I have written in earlier blogs  about my work with optimism and had read Seligman’s earlier book, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. I found that the behaviors of optimists that had positive […]

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