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Coaching and Expertise

In a recent article, The Learning Zone / Should Coaches Be Experts?, Jim Knight explores the question, “Do coaches need to be experts to have the biggest impact?” Jim shares, “When coaches position themselves as experts giving advice, they often overestimate the value of their advice, and turn off the people they coach by trying […]

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Some Essentials of Coaching

As part of Jim Knight’s Teaching Learning Coaching Conference, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with Rachel Lofthouse, Joellen Killion, Kim Richardson, and Michelle Harris. Jim had asked us to share what we thought were some essentials of coaching. There were several areas where our comments matched quite closely. Each panelist […]

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Administrator, Coach, Teacher Leader Partnerships

Agreeing on expectations upfront can greatly support the building of trust. This is true in classrooms as students find that they can trust the teacher to uphold expectations around her promises concerning her role and to reinforce with appropriate responses when students meet or do not meet expectations regarding their engagement in learning production behaviors. […]

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Principal and Instructional Coach Conversations to Build a Partnership

The alignment of an instructional coach’s and principal’s messages to staff is important in maintaining teacher actions what will drive increased student learning. Both principal and coach must make constant decisions and responses to staff during busy school days throughout the year. Rich conversations assist principal and coach in knowing their thinking is based on […]

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Podcast: Joellen Killion’s Mental Models of Coaching

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Joellen Killion to discuss the concept of mental models and how they shape coaching and teaching.   Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for listening!

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Defining Instructional Coaching: It Matters

As I read a recent newspaper report, I was tugged to examine again how school leaders, school board members, teachers, and instructional coaches themselves define the role of coaches. The reporter was exploring, “What are instructional coaches and how do they help teachers?” This examination of instructional coaching was occurring because the school board was […]

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