July 2018 - Steve Barkley

Planning Instruction from Student Outcome Goals

As teachers, individually or collaboratively, design instructional plans for learning, their work should be guided by planning backwards from desired student learning outcomes. Knowing the desired learning outcome, a teacher can focus on what learning production behaviors on the students’ part will generate that outcome. Knowing the necessary learning production behaviors, a teacher can design […]

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Podcast: Coaches: Dealing With Resistance

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders how coaches can address resistance they may encounter. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for listening!

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School Leaders: Getting Teacher Input or Empowering Teachers

In an earlier blog from August 2017, I explored the topic of leaders empowering PLCs. I included in that blog lists from Mindsteps identifying compliant and engaged students and suggested that the same descriptors could apply to PLCs. Compliant Learners: Follow directions with minimal prompting. Timely complete explicit procedures. Focus on task completion. Respond to straightforward questions […]

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Podcast: Pre-Conferencing – A Critical Element to Effective Coaching

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve models a pre-conference with Kelly Stevens (@KellyStevens512) from the professional development staff at the Northern Valley school district.   Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for listening! PODCAST TRANSCRIPT […]

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Belonging and Relationships

Two recent articles encouraged me to reflect on how the environment we create in schools and classrooms can impact student learning. Mindshift featured a piece that examined, How Being Part of a ‘House’ Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging. Creating houses forms smaller communities within the school where students can make […]

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Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast Turns One!

Ten years ago I made the commitment to blog every week (50 blogs a year). I was told that blogging was a great way to learn because it creates reflection and research which leads to insight; 500 blogs later, that turns out to be true. Last summer I embarked upon the world of podcasting and […]

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