May 2015 - Steve Barkley

Learning From Failure and From Success

This blog was motivated by a question that an educator posed on my website…. Do we learn more from winning or losing? The majority say from losing(failing).… but if this is the case, then why do we push so hard for winning (passing)?  In rather short order I respond with the following:  It isn’t winning […]

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End of Year Coaching Reflections

I was asked to facilitate 15 elementary coaches’ reflections on their past year’s experiences and gather direction for the next school year. I think that the questions I used can be helpful to others who are leading instructional coaching teams. If you are an instructional coach you can use the questions individually for personal reflection. […]

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Flexibility, Ambiguity, and What if Hypothesis in PLC’s

I am currently taking part in a MOOC, Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills, by Esther Care and Patrick Griffin at The University of Melbourne. One of the major elements in the course is exploring collaborative problem solving. The primary distinction between problem-solving by an individual and collaborative problem solving is its social nature – […]

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Leadership for Teacher Aspirations

In an earlier blog  I shared a website  for Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to studying, promoting, and putting into practice the conditions that foster student aspirations in schools and learning communities around the world). I recently found The Teacher Voice Survey  that assesses staff perceptions of teaching and learning […]

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Teacher Morale- The Last Months

In recent weeks several of my conversations with school leadership teams, instructional coaches and building principals have hit the topic of teacher morale. One of the areas of concern revolved around the approaching testing that their students would be taking. Leaders described a frenetic environment as teachers pushed to cover material included on the test […]

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