September 2014 - Steve Barkley

Motivation for Learning: Kohn and Pink and Meyer

 I recently read three pieces addressing student motivation by authors that I follow because they each trigger my thinking with their insights and examples: In an Education Week article , Alfie Kohn commented on the current interest in the “Marshmallow Studies” (past blog) and “Grit” (past blog ). He raised the concern that the enthusiasm […]

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VIDEO: Peer Coaching in Learning Walks

This week, Steve Barkley ponders the role that peer coaching plays in learning walks.

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Introducing PLC Conversations

I was asked to engage an entire faculty in some experiences that would illustrate PLC kinds of conversations. I requested that each grade level (could be department if working with secondary) bring a set of student work in some common area to the faculty meeting. One grade level group brought a piece of writing their […]

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Back-to-School Book Sale

For a limited time, all of my books are 10% off* in the PLS Classes Bookstore! To take advantage of this special offer, visit, and use promo code ‘Barkley10’ at checkout. Visit the Bookstore *Promotion expires on October 31, 2014. Discount can only be applied to Steve Barkley books and ebooks found in the […]

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VIDEO: Creating Learning Walk Criteria

This week, Steve Barkley ponders how backward analysis can be used in creating the criteria for a learning walk.

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A Community of Excited Readers

I recently met Jennifer Kelly and Chelsea Collins who are ELA teachers/team leaders at Woodstown Middle School in rural South Jersey, a public school serving approximately 300 students in grades 6-8. Many students enter school with reading deficiencies and after being identified as a school with achievement gaps, WMS has been identified as a progressive […]

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