November 2014 - Steve Barkley

Giving Students Permission to Dream

 Julie B. Martin, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented in Frisco ISD, Texas provides a guest blog that highlights what I believe we need to make happen for all students. I encourage you to enjoy and dream of the possibilities. ​Ashley Nguyen, now a student at The University of Texas, maximized the opportunity Frisco ISD offers […]

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VIDEO: Actions to Impact Change

This week, Steve Barkley ponders the most valuable alternative actions to impact change when proper coaching or PD isn’t offered.

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Happiness and Engagement

Trevor Ragan’s blog, The Three Types of Happiness, introduced me to Tony Hsieh’s  book,  Delivering Happiness .  Hsieh describes happiness with respect to pleasure, passion, and purpose: Pleasure (“Rock Star Happiness”) Attending an amazing concert, enjoying a fun night out, or eating at your favorite restaurant – this type of happiness is ok (often times […]

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VIDEO: Gaining Support for Change

This week, Steve Barkley ponders tactics leaders can use to gain support for change initiatives when the case for change doesn’t resonate with the masses.

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Student Peer Pals

When exploring the student behaviors that create desired student learning, I often suggest that students as tutors to each other creates multiple learning opportunities. I found an awesome example in practice at the Isbell School in Frisco, Texas. Isbell Mission Statement:  Our Isbell family creates meaningful relationships while inspiring a community of lifelong learners.  Principal, […]

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VIDEO: Visible Signs of Classroom Change

This week, Steve Barkley ponders visible signs of change happening in the classroom.

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