coaching - Steve Barkley

It’s Time for the Coach/Principal Stage-Setting Conversation

Each summer I post a blog encouraging coaches to request a conversation with their principals. Scheduling time, especially uninterrupted, for necessary coach/principal conversations is often difficult. Summer may provide the perfect opportunity for a coffee hour to catch up and/or establish a plan for the start of the new year. I see this conversation as […]

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Coaching and Empathic Listening

The MindTools website defines empathic listening as “a structured listening and questioning technique that allows you to develop and enhance relationships with a stronger understanding of what is being conveyed, both intellectually and emotionally. As such, it takes active listening techniques to a new level.” The power of really listening I was surprised to come […]

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Co-generative Dialogues

After reading a recent article, I was introduced to a term (new for me) that sparked my interest and sent me off googling for more knowledge and examples. The term was “co-generative dialogues,” sometimes called “cogens.” In an ASCD post titled, 7 C’s for Effective Teaching, Christopher Emdin describes co-generative dialogues—or cogens— as “structured exchanges […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Emotions Are Not Soft Skills. They are Hard Science.

Tara Brown, The Connection Coach, shares the need for relationships to precede relevance and rigor. The author of “Different Cultures – Common Ground,” shares beliefs and strategies that guide us to communicate the needed messages to students. She stresses the need for students to understand that they can be in the driver’s seat for their […]

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Coaching Teachers for Increased Student Agency

Student agency is an important element for schools and teachers looking to accelerate student learning. The American Institute for Research paper Maximizing Student Agency states that students’ ability to manage their learning and take an active role in seeking and internalizing new knowledge can have a significant effect on academic achievement. Also, the skills and […]

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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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