Educational Coaching - Steve Barkley

What’s the Impact of Best Practice

Can a focus on best practice be a problem? Adam Grant, the author of Think Again, while speaking to business entrepreneurs suggested, “It’s time to rethink best practices.” He states that the term, used to describe a preferred method of performing a given task or procedure, can be limiting. “The moment an organization calls a […]

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Mentoring New Teachers: From Survival to Fun

William Glasser’s Choice Theory states that all human behavior is driven by the desire to satisfy five basic human needs: the need to be loved and accepted the need to be powerful the need to be free the need to have fun the need to survive When I studied Glasser’s work early in my teaching […]

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Improving Learning Outcomes by Listening to Students

“If you listen to kids, they’ll give you a different perspective. They are the primary clients.” (Principal, Kambar Khoshaba) I had the opportunity to record a podcast with Kambar Khoshaba, an experienced middle school and newly appointed high school principal. I learned about him while reading an article in Education Week, titled Students Sought Changes […]

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Assessments: Task Neutral/Task Agnostic

I was introduced to these two terms in a Tom Schimmer podcast interview with Lee Ann Jung. The interview focused on assessments in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “UDL guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of all learners. When you use UDL, you assume that barriers to learning are in […]

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Passion in Teaching

In a SmartBrief post titled How to Build Workplace Passion, Naphtali Hoff identifies the importance of passion at work. “In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies need passionate workers because such workers can drive extreme and sustained performance improvement beyond the one-time performance bump that follows a bonus or a workforce engagement initiative. Passionate workers […]

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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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