Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud - Weekly Updated Education Blog

The Impact of Knowing and Being Known

I frequently mention the importance of “knowing” in my training and consulting.  Communication increases when people are known to each other.  When a middle school science teacher can’t tell me the name of someone teaching freshman science at the high school, I know that communication about curriculum alignment or student needs is not going to […]

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Podcast: A Look at Differentiated Instruction

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by 8th grade physical science teacher and PLS Classes instructor Gloria Herlihy, to discuss differentiated instruction and its application in the classroom. Differentiated Instruction for Today’s Classroom™ Online is an online course offered through PLS Classes.  Visit PLSClasses.com to learn […]

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Pre-Conferencing: A Critical Element of Effective Coaching

I approach the training of coaches and my own work as a coach using the process of having a pre-conference, an observation and post-conference. This structure exists in most of the training that administrators have received in clinical supervision. For me, a large part of what differentiates coaching from a supervisory model is that most […]

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Podcast: Student Success Skills Pt. 2

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by retired Head of School and author Tom Hoerr, to further explore the student success skills of empathy, self-management, integrity, embracing diversity and grit. If you missed the first part of this podcast, you can catch up and listen to […]

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Stretching to Learn

Stretching ourselves and others as a key component of learning and understanding is addressed by Chip and Dan Heath in their book, The Power of Moments. In the chapter titled, “Stretch for Insights”, they highlight that stretching sparks self-insights. “To stretch is to place ourselves in situations that expose us to the risk of failure. […]

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Podcast: Student Success Skills Pt. 1

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by retired Head of School and author Tom Hoerr, to discuss the five skills needed to create student learning and success. Get Tom’s book, “The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs” here: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/The-Formative-Five.aspx Subscribe […]

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