Leadership - Page 2 of 3 - Steve Barkley

Happiness in Teaching

The title of this study caught my attention when it showed up in an email feed: Effect of Teachers’ Happiness on Teachers’ Health. The Mediating Role of Happiness at Work. It was one of a list of articles under the topic Well-Being of School Teachers in Their Work Environment. A quick look illustrates why teacher […]

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Teacher Leaders/Middle Level Leadership

Middle level leader is a term frequently applied to teacher leaders who assume roles like team leader, PLC facilitator, department head, or a specific curriculum area leader such as math lead in an elementary school. I am presently engaged with four schools that are providing professional learning and coaching to staff in these important roles. […]

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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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Coaching and Leading with Relational Energy

I was introduced to the term Relational Energy in a blog by Kim Cameron. “Positive energy elevates individuals, is life-giving and fosters vitality. In nature, the most common source of positive energy is the sun. It is the life-giving force. All species, including human beings, are inclined over time toward life-giving energy, and they avoid […]

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The Learning and Teaching Environment

Working on the environment should be a continuous focus of leaders in schools and in classrooms. Simon Sinek shared this statement that reinforces our need to focus on creating an environment that supports and encourages those that we lead. “Because we are social animals, we respond to the environment we are in. Leaders are responsible […]

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Building Trust With Expectations

Educational leaders working with instructional coaching, mentoring, professional learning communities, and professional growth plans are increasingly needing to address the topic of a trusting culture that promotes the vulnerability necessary for educator growth. Trust is needed for educator risk-taking. My suggested starting point for leaders building this culture of trust is to, “Say what you […]

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