coaching teachers - Steve Barkley

Podcast: Coaching in Response to a Teacher’s Concern or Problem

It’s common for coaches to be pulled into quick problem solving when teachers share a problem or concern. There is much to be gained by coaching slow initially, to seek real understanding, in order to go fast later. In this podcast, Steve shares some of the reasons and models a coaching conference with a teacher […]

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Podcast: Revision Thinking in Math Classrooms

In this episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, the author of Rough Draft Math, Dr. Amanda Jansen, provides insights and strategies for coaching teachers in creating classrooms where students know their thinking is valued and appreciate their classmates thinking. How does humanizing the math classroom extend equity? View Dr. Jansen’s website here.  […]

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Professional Growth Plans

As the new school year begins, one of the usual requests that administrators will make of teachers is to submit a professional growth plan. While this process occurs differently from system to system this should be a year where teachers have so many possibilities to consider that they may need coaching guidance in selecting a […]

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Effective Communication Techniques Increase the Impact of Instructional Coaching

Communication Skills for Coaches Our choice of words can have a surprising effect during a coaching conversation. Words that are used commonly in everyday situations can convey unintentional meanings in the context of the delicately balanced dynamics of coaching conversations. This need for careful choice of words can be illustrated with the use of the phrase, […]

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Finding Understanding with Same/Different Exploration

Identifying similarities and differences is a fundamental cognitive process. When faced with a new situation, we naturally look to see how the situation is similar to something we already know and how it is different. I recognize this process as I travel internationally. Landing in an airport with everything labeled in an unfamiliar language, I can identify […]

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