Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud
Real Work = Real Learning at School

Real Work = Real Learning at School

October 28, 2021

Students at McDowell High School in Millcreek Township School District, PA, run all aspects of this manufacturing business producing parts for companies near and far. Teacher/Advisor, Kyle Bucholtz, and several students describe their experiences and the impact of the opportunities. Great example of what is meant by career ready!

Contact Kyle Bucholtz: bucholtz@mtsd.org

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Podcast for Teachers: Exploring an Engagement Matrix

Podcast for Teachers: Exploring an Engagement Matrix

October 26, 2021

Steve explores moving students from being non-compliant to compliant and from compliant to interested with educator and author Heather Lyon. They explore the role of relationships, consequences, and students’ interests in learning tasks. The value of students reaching a level of absorbed is also addressed. 

View The Engagement Matrix here.

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Coaching in Response to a Teacher’s Concern or Problem

Coaching in Response to a Teacher’s Concern or Problem

October 21, 2021

It’s common for coaches to be pulled into quick problem solving when teachers share a problem or concern. There is much to be gained by coaching slow initially, to seek real understanding, in order to go fast later. In this podcast, Steve shares some of the reasons and models a coaching conference with a teacher who illustrates her commitment, her willingness to be vulnerable, to maximize learning opportunities for her students.

Read Mike Sturm's article, "Seek First to Understand" here. 

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Podcast for Parents: Parents Encouraging Deeper Learning

Podcast for Parents: Parents Encouraging Deeper Learning

October 19, 2021

Deeper learning increases the likelihood that learners can transfer their learning to new settings and problems.  Too often, "getting schoolwork done" stops learners at surface learning.  How can parents support deeper learning both in and out of school?

Read the article, "4 Expert Strategies for Engaging Your Child in Deeper Learning" here.

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Coaching Co-teaching Teams

Coaching Co-teaching Teams

October 14, 2021

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, a researcher and consultant with co-teaching experience and expertise, joins Steve to explore how instructional coaches and administrators can support co-teaching teams. Her analogy of co-teaching teams as an arranged marriage generates interesting reflections on the need to build developmental relationships.

Visit Dr. Honigsfeld's website here.

Contact Dr. Honigsfeld: ahonigsfeld@gmail.com

Find Dr. Honigsfeld on Twitter: @AndreaHonigsfel

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Podcast for Teachers: Differentiating Rigor

Podcast for Teachers: Differentiating Rigor

October 12, 2021

What is the difference between positive stress that increases learning and distress that is harmful to learning and wellness? How does a teacher differentiate rigor? Hear how one school changed their approach to final exams for documenting student learning. Ole Jorgeson and Percy Abram, authors of the article The Dark Side of Rigor, provide insights and suggestions.

Read Ole & Percy's article, "The Dark Side of Rigor" here.

Contact Ole: ojorgenson@almadencountryday.org

Contact Percy: percy.abram@bush.edu

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Questioning Instructional Coaches’ Job Descriptions

Questioning Instructional Coaches’ Job Descriptions

October 7, 2021

It seems that often those creating a job description for instructional coaches have entered a brainstorming contest designed to cover every possible thing that might be asked of a coach. Those lists create confusion for administrators, teachers, and especially coaches who are looking for indicators of their successful coaching. Coaching roles that emerge from the needs of students, teachers, and administrators focused on maximum student success create actionable steps for coaches, leaders, and teachers. Usually this occurs mostly at a building level while job descriptions are often formed at the district level.

Read Sharon Thomas' article, "Hiring Instructional Coaches and Firing Scope Creeps" here.

Read Diane Sweeney's article, "So You Are Thinking About Hiring Instructional Coaches" here.

Podcast for Parents: Generating the Love from Labor Experience (The IKEA Effect)

Podcast for Parents: Generating the Love from Labor Experience (The IKEA Effect)

October 5, 2021

Our past experiences of finding love from our labor motivate our future efforts and willingness to take on challenges. As supporting adults we often need to know just the right amount of help and just the right time to provide it. Work to maintain that pleasure of love from labor that most parents experience when our child is in pre-school through the teen and early adult years.

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Coaching to Build Staff Relationships and Teams

Coaching to Build Staff Relationships and Teams

September 30, 2021

Increasing collegiality among staff and building teams with shared responsibility for student achievement are keys to a school’s success. Does your leadership team have a shared understanding of what increased collegiality and teaming would look like and sound like? Have you identified leadership actions to produce your desired staff working relationships?  Steve’s thoughts might help you develop a goal for increased collegiality and teaming.

Read Brinson and Steiner's article, "Building Collective Teacher Efficacy" article here.

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Podcast for Teachers: Gaining Autonomy, Belonging, and Competency Through Coaching

Podcast for Teachers: Gaining Autonomy, Belonging, and Competency Through Coaching

September 28, 2021

How does a teacher gain a maximum positive impact on student learning through partnering with an instructional coach? Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee join the podcast to share insights from their new book, Compassionate Coaching: How Educators Navigate the Barriers to Professional Growth.

Find Kathy & Kenny's book, Compassionate Coaching here. 

Contact Kathy Perret: kathyperret@gmail.com
Contact Kenneth McKee: kennethcmckee@gmail.com

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