May 2013 - Steve Barkley

Motivating Students

As a classroom teacher I discovered early in my career that when I met with a learning specialist regarding special needs of one of my students, the strategies shared for me to try almost always had payoff with additional students. When she told me a student needed movement between activities to increase his focus, I […]

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PLC Development- “Where are we?” and “What’s our next step?”

I have had several opportunities in the last few weeks to observe and coach PLC sessions. In most cases I was looking to identify where the PLC was functioning in a developmental process and then provide suggestions, payoffs, and encouragement for movement to a stronger learning system, continuously increasing its positive impact on student achievement. […]

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Student Paired Talk

During a recent PLC observation, where I was invited to provide coaching, teachers, their instructional coach, and principal were observing a video clip of a teacher’s writing lesson. In the section they were observing, the teacher had students on the floor around her as she reviewed writing components and connected them to a recent activity […]

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A Learning System

This past week I was involved in a few central office interviews and writing proposals concerning future trainings and consultations I might be providing. In each case the topic of educators learning and creating a culture of adult learning emerged. As most often happens, connected writing by others appeared. Peter Senge defined learning organizations as: […]

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