April 2016 - Steve Barkley

Building Trust…Purposeful Actions

Trust Noun — firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Synonyms: confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence; reliance Verb — believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of. Synonyms: rely on, depend on, bank on, count on, be sure of Participants in my workshops and consulting raise the […]

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I attended an international schools workshop in Luxemburg with Dylan Wiliam who presented teaching strategies to increase student learning with formative assessment. One section of the workshop dealt with the role of feedback. Wiliam described that the research on feedback had great variance in results probably due to the fact that individuals respond differently to […]

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Why Teams?

I am in the midst of prepping for two upcoming presentations where I have been asked to address the purposes of creating team cultures and structures in schools. Those of you who have been in workshops of mine know that I did all my teaching in team settings and was surprised in the 80’s as […]

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Identifying Critical “Look-fors” in Classroom Observations

I was recently prepping for a Skype consultation that I was conducting with a curriculum team in the midst of exploring a strategic plan for improving their students’ current math achievement. One of several areas under exploration was the use of classroom walkthroughs to gain information concerning current teaching and learning experiences. In a recent […]

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