February 2015 - Steve Barkley

Creating the Schools We Need: Teachers and Principals Pushing and Supporting Each Other

I often find myself in conversations with teachers, instructional coaches, leadership teams and principals where the discussion of a “problem” rather quickly leads to an acknowledgement of “what needs to happen” which is quickly followed by the list of reasons that “it can’t be done”. Example: Teachers in a PLC are reviewing the results of […]

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Teaching about Learning…Undoing the Message We Sent

I’ve recently been engaged in several conversations concerning students not approaching learning activities with the necessary mindset to be successful learners. At the elementary level it was about students not engaging seriously in learning centers or independent activities. At a middle school it was round students not doing homework because in standards –based grading, homework […]

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Data…Principal’s and Coach’s Role

Often when working in schools with PLC’s, the topic of data and what to do with it and about it emerges. I frequently find that lots of instructional coaches’ time is spent scheduling assessments to gather data, entering the data, interpreting the data, distributing the data, and reviewing the data with teachers who respond with […]

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Motor Learning/Classroom Learning

Through the Trainugly website I listened to an interview with John Kessel—Director of Sport Development for USA Volleyball.  Kessel focused on what we know about motor skill learning and how athletic coaches should use that knowledge in practice. As I listened I was struck with connections to student learning in classrooms and to professional development […]

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