Videos - Steve Barkley

Coaching Co-Teaching

I recently produced the short video below to initiate conversations among teachers, coaches and administrators regarding ways for teachers to work in co-teaching settings. Sean Cassel in How to Choose a Co-Teaching Model: Knowing the pros and cons of the six models of co-teaching can help teachers determine which one is best for a given […]

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When Coaches Hear Resistance

Sometimes a statement from a teacher during a coaching conversation or while facilitating a PLC or professional development activity can leave you speechless. I frequently label such statements as gripes, excuses or resistance to any change. They can derail progress or worst bring a defensive response from the coach that can negatively impact interactions with […]

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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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Teaming or Franchising

In my experiences I have found that many of the groups of teachers who are called a team at school are actual functioning more as franchise owners attending a franchise meeting. (Here’s a business definition for franchise.) “Arrangement where one party (the franchiser) grants another party (the franchisee) the right to use its trademark or […]

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Coaching Through Change

Teachers respond differently to the requests or requirements for change that schools might make in curriculum, instructional approaches, assessment, etc. Coaches working through change with teachers need to adjust their approaches and strategies to support, encourage, and provide feedback that best meets the teacher’s stage of implementation. In the following ten minute video, I describe […]

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The Gift of Coaching

I benefited from instructional and peer coaching before I had heard the terms. My teacher preparation program and my initial teaching roles were built around team models that had formal and informal coaching conversations built into the organizational structure. When I first began consulting with teachers in other schools, I was surprised to find working […]

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