change - Steve Barkley

Podcast: Can a Focus on Best Practice be a Problem?

Adam Grant, the author of “Think Again,” states that the term best practice can create an illusion that we have reached an endpoint where there is nothing left to top. It’s unlikely that any educational best practice is the best for ALL students. As educators, we need to be exploring what’s better. Do we want […]

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Podcast: Giving Two Glows and a Grow; Seldom Generates Real Growth

The practice of giving glows and grows, like the feedback sandwich, seldom generates growth and change. Frequently, some similar structure is used to give feedback to teachers following walkthroughs. Self-reflection is the key to our decision to commit to a change behavior. Without conversations, these notes rarely generate true reflection. When we generate our own […]

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Podcast: Focusing When Things Are Changing

How can coaching assist educators in examining their empowerment to generate increased satisfaction and energy in teaching and learning? This refocus at times rather than a focus on “what has to be done” can be encouraging and energizing. Dr. Maria Gottschalk, an organizational psychologist, suggests exploring questions like, “what do you need to feel engaged […]

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Podcast: Improvement or Change

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by PLS 3rd Learning CEO Don Jacobs, Ph.D., to ponder “Improvement or Change.” Listen as Steve examines the difference between improvement and change and their effect on desired learning outcomes for students.  Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud […]

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Vulnerability to Build Risk Takers

Over the last several weeks I have been engaged in several conversations regarding  goal setting, innovation and change. In several instances I was struck by a hesitancy to think and act in a different way…… a hesitancy to be vulnerable and take a risk. Leaders in administration and teaching are those who implement a behavior […]

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Leading Change

I was able to attend two sessions that Andy Hargreaves presented at the recent IB Africa, Europe, and Middle East Conference in The Hague. Hargreaves identified five important interrelated focus points drawn from his book “The Global Fourth Way: The Quest for Educational Excellence”: Inspiration: there needs to be a shared vision/dream for the future… […]

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