Learning Styles - Steve Barkley

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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Learning in Roleplay, Simulations, and Live-Events

Many teachers are looking to increase a student-centered, constructivist focus to learning in their classrooms, believing that students need to be actively engaged in seeking and understanding meaning. Anne Sample (2000) provides these guiding principles for teaching and learning which support this teacher focus (page 25): knowledge is constructed from the experience of the learner; […]

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