October 2017 - Steve Barkley

Facilitating Conversations: Empowering Teams

Conversations among teachers are critical to real change occurring in classrooms. Instructional coaches and teacher leaders are often tasked with facilitating team or PLC conversations that lead to actions to  increase student success. Margaret Wheatley states on her website: “One of the things we need to learn is that very great change starts from very […]

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Podcast: Evaluation or Coaching?

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Brianna Gray, Professional Practice Coordinator, as he ponders “Evaluation or Coaching?” Listen as Steve ponders the effect that evaluations and coaching have on teacher growth and student growth. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes […]

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Request Coaching on Your Words

An article by Alyssa Nucaro, Positive Words Go a Long Way: Simple ways to frame what you say to students to encourage and empower them,  establishes several “listen for” items that a teacher could give to a coach for observation and feedback. Two thoughts from Nucaro identify why this topic is worthy of being a […]

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Podcast: Coaching Questions – Going Slow to Go Fast

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Going Slow to Go Fast.” Listen as Steve ponders the questions that coaches use when teachers approach them with a concern or a problem. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new […]

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Promoting Coachability

Several years back I posted a blog on coachability that was triggered by Steve Keating’s post on the topic, titled How Coachable Are You?.  I reviewed that blog and searched a little further to find more thoughts on the topic of being coachable. As you read through this blog, consider your coachability. Is there room for […]

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Podcast: Designing the Environment

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Michelle Chittano to ponder “Designing the Environment.” Listen as Steve ponders the message that is communicated by the design of learning environments. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new […]

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