Teacher Professional Development - Steve Barkley

“That’s really a good question.”

Perhaps one of the greatest things for a coach to hear in the middle of a coaching conference is the response “that’s really a good question.”  Whenever I get that […]

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Teachers Reflecting and Learning from Peer Observations

Differentiating Peer Observation and Peer Coaching: Peer Observation is an activity that is focused on the observer’s learning while Peer Coaching is focused more on the benefits to the observed […]

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Why Can’t Assessments Be Joyful?

Since having recorded a podcast with Alexis Wiggins, I have been subscribed to her newsletter at the Cohort of Educators for Essential Learning. As soon as I finished reading the […]

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The Power of a Coaching Culture in Schools

Creating a coaching culture may require reshaping the way schools operate in order to foster continuous improvement. At its core, a coaching culture in a school embodies a commitment to […]

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Learning and Coaching from Positive Deviants

Do you have teachers who continually have students perform substantially above the students working with other teachers; academically, socially, or emotionally? Those teachers might be identified as positive deviants. These […]

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Extending Teachers’ and Students’ Connections Beyond a Single Year

An article by Adam Grant in the New York Times, “What Most American Schools Do Wrong,” connected with a podcast that I had recorded earlier with Andrew Hill, who along […]

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