March 2015 - Steve Barkley

Raising Students’ Expectations, Effort , and Achievement

When facilitating teachers’ exploration of student expectations and effort, I often begin by having teachers identify a time that they observed students engaged in what might be called quality learning. […]

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Teaching for Critical Thinking

I recently facilitated several teacher workshops and PLC discussions around building students’ critical thinking skills. Keeping with my backwards planning approach I began my sessions exploring what student skills we […]

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Teachers Using What They Know To Increase Student Learning

Instructional leaders and coaches need to create opportunities for teachers to engage in reflection that identifies their ongoing learning about students and critical thinking that applies their learning to extend […]

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Building a Collaborative School Culture

I am currently reading, School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It, by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker. They define six general types of school cultures ranging from toxic […]

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Reflecting to Learn from Mistakes

One of the elements of a growth mindset is the understanding that mistakes or failures (coming up short) are part of the pathway to learning and success. Eduardo Briceno, CEO […]

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