academic coaching - Steve Barkley

Coaching and Deliberate Curiosity

Consider this research finding: 83% of executives say they encourage curiosity and only 52% of employees agree. Why is that a concern? The same studies found that… …curiosity helps employees engage more deeply in their work, generate new ideas, and share those ideas with others. When feeling curious at work, 73% of individual contributors report […]

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Teachers’ Expectations of Coaching

I recently posted this statement on Twitter and received more likes and retweets than my posts generally receive: Teachers engaging in peer or instructional coaching isn’t adding to their plates. It’s supporting them with what’s on the plate that can best impact student learning. Critical for teacher agency. In an earlier blog, Empowering Plate Redesign, […]

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Designing Learning for Complexity and Difficulty

Student learning production behaviors have been the focus of my coaching for many years. Knowing what we want students to gain as learning outcomes, drives us to identify what students do (learning tasks and experiences) that are most likely to generate those desired outcomes. Just like performing arts coaches plan what students will “do” to […]

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Coaches’ Words and Questions

Steve Martin, a co-author of Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion, illustrates how words we use can have unexpected impacts. “People consider having to travel north as more difficult than traveling south. (We process north as uphill.)” After watching a video of one car hitting another, people are asked to predict the speed […]

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Planning Questions for Coaching Conferencing and PLC Facilitation

I presented a session for instructional coaches looking to sharpen their questioning skills for conferencing and facilitating along with the deepening an understanding for coaching teachers on their use of questions. Here is the session description: There is a strong connection between questioning and learning. Teachers’ questions can engage and model thinking processes that students […]

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Coaching and Trust

I had the opportunity to be a keynoter for the online Coaching Summit 2019 sponsored by Nicole Turner at Simply Coaching. My presentation, Respecting Teachers’ Goals and Values, was followed by an interview. Here’s the video presentation and my responses to some of the questions in the interview. My Conversation with Nicole Turner Nicole: In […]

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