Learning Styles - Steve Barkley

Beautiful Questions Students Might Ask

The audio version of The Book of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger is my current companion on my daily walks. Here is what Berger states as to why he wrote the book: The humble question can be a powerful tool. By asking questions, we learn, analyze, understand—and can move forward in the face of uncertainty. […]

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Impacting Student Motivation in Virtual, Face-to-Face, or Hybrid Instruction

In a substantial overview of student motivation, “Using motivation theories to maximize motivation and outcomes sustainably in school,” Mark Gould identifies 13 elements of teacher relationships and classroom climate that support high quality motivation. I have selected several to explore in this blog that should be considered whether the school year is beginning virtually, in […]

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Don Jacobs On Reflective Practice

In many ways the COVID pandemic has made new learners out of all of us: students, teachers, parents, instructional coaches, and school administrators. As a new school year begins with many unknowns present, I believe that we need to reflect on what was learned in the past six months and how we can continue learning […]

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Connecting the Disconnected

I had the opportunity to record a podcast with Dr. Jeremiah Newell, the founder & superintendent of ACCEL Day & Evening Academy in Mobile, Alabama. ACCEL is a tuition free public charter high-school (9-12) with a college preparatory curriculum and supportive environment designed to allow students to graduate early or to catch-up if they have […]

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Instructional Strategy: Modeling (Why, How, and Why Not)

When I am in classrooms observing students’ learning production behaviors, I frequently uncover students who are unclear as to what the expected learning behaviors are. They know what work is supposed to get done, but from a lack of modeling they don’t know what the learning behaviors look like. At other times, I might find […]

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Engaging Students for Maximum Learning

Consider times that you have seen students engaged in what you would label as deep quality learning. Recall the last time that you were engaged in deep quality learning for yourself. How many of the following quality learning items would you identify as being present? Depth Complexity Detail Ownership / Pride Constant Improvement Originality / […]

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