Distance Learning - Steve Barkley

Teaching and Teachers Are Central to Engagement

The title of this blog is one of the proposals shared by Nick Zepke and Linda Leach in a research article titled Improving Student Engagement: Ten Proposals for Action. They use these definitions for engagement: Students’ cognitive investment in, active participation in, and emotional commitment to their learning. Students’ involvement with activities and conditions likely […]

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Increase Student Engagement by Connecting Students with Real People

In an Education Week post, Here Are 3 Top SEL Strategies That Can Help Improve Student Engagement Right Now, guest bloggers Alex Kajitani, Tom Hierck, John Hannigan, and Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan identify three high impact elements to increase student engagement: Students are connected, safe, and welcomed. Students have choice, voice, and agency in their learning. […]

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is usually attributed to those who work in the medical field and emergency first responders. But teachers who often hear or observe what a student is going through or have students turn to them for help, can also experience compassion fatigue. Beginning this fall, many teachers were on the frontline in a different […]

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Purposeful School Leader Actions

I have been dropping notes to school leaders on LinkedIn as I have viewed announcements of their new leadership positions. My comments are geared to encourage them that while purposeful educational leaders are always important to student success, today especially, teachers, parents, and students are seeking support and direction from school leaders at every level. […]

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How Does Intellectual Humility Impact Educator Reflection?

I was introduced to the term Intellectual Humility listening to a Daniel Pink podcast. He defines it as being less certain about one’s views and more intellectually humble about what one knows and understands. It is a willingness to recognize that what you think and what you believe might be wrong. Pink suggests it not […]

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Collaborating with Parents as Partners Supporting Learners

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D Hull, Governor of Arizona (1997 to 2003) Early in the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, as schools began moving to virtual learning at home for students, I began a new podcast […]

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