Professional Development - Steve Barkley

Designing and Facilitating Discussions for Inquiry and Learning

The Open University UK’s website responds to the question: Why talk for learning is important? “Talk is a part of human development that helps us to think, learn and make sense of the world. People use language as a tool for developing reasoning, knowledge and understanding. Therefore, encouraging students to talk as part of their learning […]

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Podcast: There is No Mountaintop to Teaching

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve explores the concept of there being no mountaintop in a teaching career. Watch the Dylan William video here. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit to find new episodes. PODCAST TRANSCRIPTAnnouncer: 00:00 Conduct better educational […]

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Supporting Teachers in Successful Parent Conferences

I prepared the following guidelines for a client who wants to examine how mentors and instructional coaches could provide support to beginning teachers as they conduct crucial parent conferences. I thought that some of my blog readers would know teachers who would find this helpful. I believe that too often mentors, coaches, and administrators are […]

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The Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast: The Year in Review

The end of the year is a great time to reflect upon where you’ve been and where you’re headed. This year, the Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast grew in leaps and bounds. In July, we celebrated our 100th episode. And now have produced a grand total of 120 episodes with over 58,000 downloads! Our podcast […]

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

As this blog arrives hopefully most readers are getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation as 2019 closes out and you prepare to greet students in 2020. Perhaps like me, you are allowing yourself some time for reflection. I frequently describe the excitement of working in education with its constant opportunities to learn. The knowledge that […]

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Do You Have Some Extra Time to Read and Explore?

Many of the followers to Steve Barkley Ponders are on a break from school enjoying some much need relaxation. I am doing the same. I will also get a little extra reading time. If you have time, you may want to explore the blogs, podcasts, and videos that I have produced in the past few […]

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