Teacher Collaboration - Page 3 of 7 - Steve Barkley

VIDEO: Building Personal Relationships

This week, Steve Barkley ponders the importance of building personal relationships with every student in your classroom.

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Checking Progress on School Improvement Plans

I was asked to facilitate a session with school leadership teams examining the status of their progress with their school improvement plans. Taking a measure in January is great as there is still time for adjustments to impact outcomes. I began by having the teams review the student achievement goals and the degree that the […]

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Vulnerability to Build Risk Takers

I wrote about vulnerability in an earlier blog  and was reviewing my thinking this week as I prepared to work with principal and instructional coach partners in planning for student achievement and teacher success at their schools. One of the issues I knew I wanted to explore in our conversations was, “How do principal and […]

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Teacher Student Relationships

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the orientation for new teachers at North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.  After the initial introductions and welcomes, the new teachers were enlightened by the words of Amy Ferguson. Amy is a teacher and Instructional Dean of Mathematics at Winston Churchill High School in […]

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It Takes a Team

I spent this week at the High Schools That Work Conference in New Orleans. As has been my experience for over 20 years, I met many dedicated middle and high school educators focused on creating the brightest possible futures for their students. This year brought a special opportunity for me, to learn when upon arriving, […]

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Exploring Teachers’ Beliefs and Values

I have often discussed with school administrators, staff developers, and instructional coaches the need to explore teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning in order to bring about a change in instructional practices. In earlier blogs I have connected to JoEllen Killion’s writing about HEAVY coaching where she stresses the importance of causing teachers to examine […]

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