Professional Development - Page 2 of 59 - Steve Barkley

Continuing ISG Jubail’s Coaching Conversation with Emma Ahmed

This week, Emma Ahmed is a guest blogger. Emma is a an instructional coach leader who I have had the privilege to work with as she provided support following my skyped-in training and coaching sessions. You can contact her with any questions at  ahmed.e.05@isg.edu.sa.  Thank you Emma. Where on the continuum of professional growth does your […]

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Planning Questions for Coaching Conferencing and PLC Facilitation

I presented a session for instructional coaches looking to sharpen their questioning skills for conferencing and facilitating along with the deepening an understanding for coaching teachers on their use of questions. Here is the session description: There is a strong connection between questioning and learning. Teachers’ questions can engage and model thinking processes that students […]

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Lifeguard or Swim Coach? The Role of Struggle

Recently I saw this post on Twitter: “A lifeguard’s job is to prevent struggle but a swim instructor’s job is to encourage struggle. Should educators be more like lifeguards or swim instructors?” (@MikeFlynn55 the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College and author of Beyond Answers). At the time that I saw the […]

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Observing Student Production Behaviors

I am presently working in several schools where we are engaging teachers in peer classroom observations with a focus on student learning production behaviors. One of the schools asked me to provide a “compelling why” that they could share with the staff in advance of my visit. I sent this: “The key to student learning […]

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Watching Play, Watching Learning

Michele and I recently had the wonderful opportunity of observing playing and learning. Outside of our second story apartment is our parking lot and driveway which has several low spots that create some substantial puddles when we get a steady rain. We had a three-day rain streak and on each of those days our afternoons […]

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Video: Conversations Focused on Student Learning

Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, the authors of How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations, present an article in Harvard Business Review titled “Leadership is a Conversation“.  They state that, “Traditional corporate communication must give way to a process that is more dynamic and more sophisticated. Most important, that process must be conversational”. […]

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