December 2015 - Steve Barkley

Was Santa a Great Teacher or Did He Get Lucky?

At the Learningforward Conference this month I had the opportunity to attend a keynote by Yong Zhao .  He shared the need for schools to focus on identifying and supporting students pursuing their strengths and interests. Zhao illustrated the point by having the audience sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had […]

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Instructional Coach’s Roles

I received the following request from an instructional coach anxious to support teacher growth while maintaining the defined instructional coach’s perceived and defined role. “I am struggling with the fact that we do not have the morning PD times anymore where we were able to use that time to talk about building initiatives and continue […]

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From the Gym to the Classroom – Maximizing “Reps”

In an earlier blog on motor learning, I shared some insights I gained from the work of Trevor Ragan at Trainugly  .  He described how sports practice needs to be random (skills mixed rather than isolated) and as much game-like as possible in order to get the transfer of skills into game performance. As I reflected […]

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