March 2012 - Steve Barkley

Academic Optimism

I mentioned in the last blog that I was reading Bryan Goodwin’s Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success. I was introduced (p.121) to a term coined by Hoy, Tarter, and Hoy (2006)…academic optimism. The power of optimism has been an interest of mine for several years. It’s a […]

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The Work of Coaches

I am often asked to assist district staff in exploring ”what should be the work of our coaches?”  and “How can we guarantee that our coaches’ work will positively impact student achievement?”.  I often use this diagram to illustrate choices for administrators and coaches deciding where the coach will spend his/her time. Click to make larger […]

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Teachers’ Beliefs and Behaviors

Often when working with coaches and principals, I ask them to examine the elements that Joellen Killon shares when describing Heavy Coaching (earlier blogs). She suggests:” Coaches can’t afford not to impose on what teachers believe and how that impacts their actions. Their work is too important and without conversations about beliefs, deep change is unlikely.” Therefore […]

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Peer Coaching-Social Capital

In the last week I had the opportunity to provide an introduction to peer coaching to secondary teachers in North Dakota and Istanbul, Turkey. The sessions included defining peer coaching, identifying the costs and payoffs to teachers, modeling pre-conferences, having participants conduct pre-conferences with a colleague and modeling an entire coaching cycle with a teacher’s […]

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