Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud - Weekly Updated Education Blog

Assessments: Task Neutral/Task Agnostic

I was introduced to these two terms in a Tom Schimmer podcast interview with Lee Ann Jung. The interview focused on assessments in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “UDL guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of all learners. When you use UDL, you assume that barriers to learning are in […]

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Podcast: School as a Learning Organization for Students and Staff

Frances Valintine, the founder of The Mind Lab and The Tech Futures Lab and the author of “Future You,” explores learning in and out of schools today. She describes “embracing change” and how leaders support a learning organization with an environment that embraces change. E-mail Frances: frances.valintine@themindlab.com Visit the Mind Lab site. Visit the Tech […]

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Podcast for Parents: Parents Encouraging Reflection on the Past School Year

All of us can learn from reflection. A too often problem is that we neglect setting aside the time to do it. The end of a school year is a great time to encourage your children’s reflections on the past school year, regardless of their age. A set of possible starter questions are included in […]

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Peer, Coach, and Administrator Support for Change

“Accomplishing worthwhile things isn’t just a little harder than people think; it’s 10 or 20 times harder.” (Austin Kleon) I am working with several schools and districts that are setting the stage to implement changes in curriculum, programs, and/or instructional strategies in the coming school year. Most are planning professional learning opportunities over the summer. […]

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Podcast: Gather Year End Data From Student Reflection

Past National Principal of the Year, Mark Wilson, identifies the value of gathering student thoughts, feelings, and insights to promote student reflection and provide data that can focus educator reflection. Mark shares several great questions and strategies to guide a process. Use the link to his website to find more sample questions. Visit Mark’s website. […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Promoting Student Character Traits for Thriving Rather Than Striving

Teacher, author, and child development expert, Deborah Farmer Kris, examines the need for considering balance and purpose for our students. Teens are reporting as running on empty. Striving but not thriving. She discusses supporting students to build optimism, curiosity, and integrity. Visit the Parenthood365 website. Read Deborah’s article, “Striving or Thriving? Steps to Help Kids […]

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