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For the past 35 years, Steve Barkley has served as an education consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author, his weekly blog has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world. Visit BarkleyPD.com to learn more.
 
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Listen in as experienced teacher, founder of Mari Fox Wellness, and author of "Yay for Yoga," Mari Irwin shares her passion and beliefs in the joy of yoga for families. Visit Mari's website here. Find Mari's book here. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes!…
 
What changes if we approach problem-solving with a focus on love instead of a focus on fear? Hear how students have become engaged in exploring change by starting with gratitude rather than beginning with “What needs to change?” Adam Fishman, the founder of Onora, a company with a focus on impacting climate change, shares how his change to a gratit…
 
Explore how five different psychological theories or frameworks appear in a coach’s practice: person centered, solution focused, self-efficacy, self-determination, and positive psychology. Steve shares how he sees elements of each in his coaching work. Read "Creating Coaching Cultures in Schools," here. Watch Daniel Pink's video on Motivation here.…
 
Listen in as Steve talks with experienced teacher, Founder of Mari Fox Wellness, and author of "Yay for Yoga," Mari Irwin. Mari provides yoga workshops at schools and for participants of all ages throughout her community. Explore what teachers can take from an understanding of Yoga to create positive experiences for students that are empowering. Su…
 
These three questions can guide your coaching pre and post conferences. They help you understand what the teacher is thinking, what experiences have influenced the teacher’s current thinking, and where the teacher would like to be in the future. Possible questions for a post conference and a sample pre-conference with a teacher are included. View t…
 
I began the podcasts for parents at the start of the quarantine when I wanted to support parents as they worked with their children learning at home. I described the role for parents as a learning coach rather than teacher. Our guest for this podcast, Dr. Hilary Kreisberg has written two books around parents being partners with schools in generatin…
 
What might your students discover by entering into conversations over holiday meals that are gratitude-based and curious? Hear Adam Fishman describe his experiences exploring sustainability with teachers, students, and communities. Discover why gratitude is a door opener to curiosity and connection. Gain resources to explore the possibilities with …
 
A paper from the Research Partnership for Professional Learning identifies the “what and how” from studies exploring teacher learning impacting student learning. The findings around teacher collaboration and coaching point to practices that are important for the implementation of new curriculum and the work of instructional coaches. Administrators …
 
Parents and caregivers can increase the learning that young children and adolescents gain from their “life” experiences by using briefing and debriefing reflection conversations. These reflections can generate conscious implementation of strategies that build skills and confidence. While modeling and teaching these reflection practices, you are sup…
 
Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr. Maria Dove, the co-editors of "Portraits of Collaboration: Educators Working Together to Support Multilingual Learners," explore questions around teacher collaboration for planning, teaching, and assessing learner success. Instructional coaches and school leaders can apply their knowledge and experience to support EAL …
 
Writer and cross country coach, Linda Flanagan, shares research and common sense findings about the many benefits kids can gain involvement in sports. As the author of "Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids Sports and Why it Matters," she also shares cautions we should be paying attention to. Consider some conversations teachers …
 
Just like classroom environment impacts student learning, school environment impacts staff learning and teaching. How does coaching assist teachers in understanding and influencing the environment and conditions that will support learning? What roles do instructional coaches, teacher leaders and administrators play in cultivating the needed school …
 
Sports have many benefits for kids that can be lost if parents lose sight of the purpose. The author of "Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids Sports and Why it Matters," Linda Flanagan, explores questions caretakers should be asking as we support our kids in sports. How do we listen to the kids as well as to our own motivations?…
 
Most instructional coaches have a role in the work and learning of PLCs at their schools. Many coaches ponder the best role to play. How do the coach’s actions in PLCs influence the engagement and empowerment of the teachers? How does the time spent in PLC’s impact the coach’s overall impact on student learning? Should the coach’s role differ among…
 
When are you more of a managerial leader verses an inquiry leader in the classroom? There are important times for each. What do students learn from your approach? How conscious are you of the practices you are implementing? Jessica Vance, the author "Leading with a Lens of Inquiry: Cultivating Conditions for Curiosity and Empowering Agency," descri…
 
Two teachers with experience as members of a high functioning team share some of the processes that were implemented as their team developed and now focuses on continued development. They explore the need for trust, tapping members’ strengths, sharing responsibility, flexing the schedule, and planning for new members joining a team. A learning comm…
 
Parent, teacher, and inquiry consultant to schools, Trevor MacKenzie, provides definitions for and explanations of why student agency and inquiry are increasingly becoming a focus for schools. Trevor connects these practices to an understanding of students’ cognitive needs and provides some areas for important teacher/parent conversation. Send your…
 
Our "coachability" increases as we develop confident humility. Coaching leaders should be models of confident humility - continuously presenting themselves as a learners. Continuous teacher growth requires teachers to be vulnerable and risk discovering that their current practice can be improved. Building teachers’ confidence and offering challenge…
 
“Focusing on autonomy, mastery, and purpose helps my classroom be a place where both my students and I want to be. And that makes all the difference.” reported Mary Davenport, a high school English teacher. She shares her insights and examples as she is guided by the concepts of autonomy, mastery, and purpose from Daniel Pink’s writing in "Drive: T…
 
Trevor MacKenzie, the author of "Inquiry Mindset Assessment Edition," describes the incongruity that can exist in some classrooms between co-designed inquiry learning activities and teacher-controlled assessment activities. How do we move to teacher/student co-designed assessments that build “assessment capable learners?” Trevor provides some thoug…
 
This is the last episode of a three part series for parents and kids around nurturing creativity with Dr Joanne Foster. She describes capital and lower case (C/c)reativity. She reinforces that we need to value creativity in order to tap it. Let’s work together to reap the benefits of our personal and collective creativity. Visit Dr. Foster's websit…
 
“Making the first 2-3 minutes of a conversation curiosity-based will change your conversations.” -Michael Bungay Stainer. How does your natural curiosity about teaching, learning and leading guide your coaching? How can curiosity help you avoid the advice giving that can be detrimental to coaching? Listen to Michael Bungay Stainer with Jim Knight. …
 
As teachers, we learn to consciously add a pause after our questions and after students’ responses to increase student thinking. We can increase the thinking students do by teaching and coaching students how to use the time. What are the learning production behaviors that empower students for future learning? "Applying Think Time to Formative Feedb…
 
Jessica Vance, the author of "Leading with a Lens of Inquiry," describes how instructional coaches and administrators can guide teacher growth through inquiry. Leaning in…listening…and asking with curiosity. She describes the importance of modeling and maintaining spaces that honor agency, curiosity, reflection. and collaborative learning. Connect …
 
This is the second part of a three part series for parents and kids around nurturing creativity with Dr. Joanne Foster. Find out why we sometimes struggle with creativity and how we can create an environment that supports creativity. Connect with Dr Foster here. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.co…
 
Students are watching and interpreting each move and decision we make. So in effect, our classroom management approach is a curriculum. “What are students learning from your classroom management?” is a great coaching question. To what extent is learning the elements of community built into your classroom decisions? Is management even a word you wan…
 
How are you purposefully planning for shaping the learning environment with your students? How much focus will be placed on having control vs how much focus will be on generating opportunities to learn freedom? Can students learn from a behavioral mistakes rather than be punished for them? How comfortable are you with your decisions about control, …
 
While buy-in is necessary for long term implementation of instructional practices that impact student learning, it occurs later in the process not early on. Especially for experienced teachers, it's only after the changes have produced improvements in student learning that significant changes in teachers’ beliefs and attitudes occur. Consider how t…
 
This is the first episode in a three part series of podcasts with Dr. Joanne Foster for parents and their children, especially designed so families can listen and learn about creativity - in particular, what underlies creativity; keys to nurturing creative expression at home, school and elsewhere; and strategies for building a more creative and ful…
 
The word "team" is frequently used in schools to describe various groupings of people that are working under different understandings of what the relationships among group members should be and what is required of group members. Teams are accountable for the collective performance and work toward a common goal and shared rewards. Listen to the podc…
 
The first days and weeks of school with new students are important in impacting future learning. Purposeful plans for learning about students and having them learn about you are valuable. Setting the stage for building trust and relationships are worth the investment in time and energy. Listen to Tara Brown's podcast episode here. Watch Kent Pekel'…
 
Adam Grant, the author of "Think Again," states that the term best practice can create an illusion that we have reached an endpoint where there is nothing left to top. It’s unlikely that any educational best practice is the best for ALL students. As educators, we need to be exploring what’s better. Do we want to implement an improvement or a change…
 
Learning is generated by the actions that learners engage in. I can’t teach you how to play an instrument, I can teach you how to learn to play. You need to do the learning actions to reach the results. Parents as learning coaches are empowering their children for future learning. Learning how to learn is a critical life skill. Listen to the Debra …
 
Lindsay Deacon, a co-author of "The Educoach Survival Guide," explores the relationship elements of coaching. How do the coach and the principal build a trusting relationship? How do coach and principal support each other’s relationships with teachers? Lindsay shares the value of starting the year listening and looking like a scientist. Visit the E…
 
Emotions and learning are inseparable. Positive emotions generated as students and teachers begin their shared learning experiences can shape the learning days that follow. Steve shares how “wow” experiences can tap the desired emotions along with examples from teachers. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit Bar…
 
As teachers assess students' current levels of skills and knowledge, planning ahead with acceleration rather than remediation is critical. Understanding learners is key and you cannot understand individuals while focusing on group averages. Coaches cannot plan for the "average" teacher. Watch Todd Rose's video here. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley P…
 
Parent, educator, and technology futurist, Frances Valintine, provides insights for parents concerning our role in supporting children to develop an ongoing confidence and passion as learner. What should a parent be considering around guiding youngsters concerning learning pathways? E-mail Frances: frances.valintine@themindlab.com Visit The Mind La…
 
Reflection is key to teachers ongoing growth and empowerment. Too often, "quick feedback" misses the mark because of insufficient dialogue and therefore, too little reflection time. Steve shares some of the tips he has found helpful. Read the article, "How to encourage reflective teaching in your school" here. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders…
 
Experienced teacher, professional developer and Chief Learning Officer of Empower the Learner, Kathleen McClaskey, shares the importance of teachers asking and listening to guide students exploration with these three key questions. She stress the role of identity for empowered learning. Visit the Empower the Learner website. Email Kathleen: kathlee…
 
Dr. Shira Leibowitz, author, university doctorial professor and pre-school/childcare founder, shares insights from her new book, "Havens of Hope: Ideas For Redesigning Education From the Covid-19 Pandemic." She describes how a crisis can be a catalyst, accelerator, anchor or sculptor. The questions “Why hope?” and “Why redesign?” are explored. Visi…
 
Parent, educator, and CEO of Empower the Learner, Kathleen McClaskey, shares the need for parents to empower learners with knowing their strengths and challenges in order to take actions that lead to their hopes and dreams. She highlights her personal parenting and educating experiences that provide clear understanding of our important role. Visit …
 
The listening principal, Dr. Kambar Khoshaba, shares how student voices impacted leadership and staff as well as the students themselves, all leading to increased equity. Hear how equity in middle school honors classes was achieved by focusing on student strengths and possibilities. A personal approach to parents and students has produced results. …
 
Educator and technology futurist, Frances Valintine, describes teachers creating and facilitating learning opportunities that tap learner passion and agency. How does technology create new and empowering ways for teachers to create possibilities for learners and allow teachers to focus on the ever-extending human needs of students? E-mail Frances: …
 
Natalie Ulloa, a secondary instructional coach with a background in instructional design and Steven Baule, a professor in the Leadership Education Department at Winona State University, discuss coach and principal roles in building a collaborative culture for continuous growth. Building and maintaining trust is highlighted. Read the article, "How t…
 
Deborah Farmer Kris, child development expert and author, shares the Pomodoro Technique and how parents can use it to assist learners in starting a task. Lowering anxiety and decreasing what, at times, becomes a youngster-parent struggle. Parents can use the strategy for themselves too. Visit Deborah's website here. Read Deborah's article, "Teach Y…
 
Kathleen McCloskey, CEO of Empower the Learner and co-author of "Make Learning Personal" and "How to Personalize Learning," identifies the need to develop student capacity to support their own learning, achieve agency, self-advocate for their learning and realize their hopes and dreams. As leaders, we need to create the same for staff. Visit the Em…
 
Tara Brown, The Connection Coach, shares the need for relationships to precede relevance and rigor. The author of "Different Cultures - Common Ground," shares beliefs and strategies that guide us to communicate the needed messages to students. She stresses the need for students to understand that they can be in the driver’s seat for their future. V…
 
Frances Valintine, the founder of The Mind Lab and The Tech Futures Lab and the author of "Future You", explores learning in and out of schools today. She describes “embracing change” and how leaders support a learning organization with an environment that embraces change. E-mail Frances: frances.valintine@themindlab.com Visit The Mind Lab site. Vi…
 
All of us can learn from reflection. A too often problem is that we neglect setting aside the time to do it. The end of a school year is a great time to encourage your children’s reflections on the past school year, regardless of their age. A set of possible starter questions are included in the podcast. Read Open University's "What is Reflection?"…
 
Past National Principal of the Year, Mark Wilson, identifies the value of gathering student thoughts, feelings, and insights to promote student reflection and provide data that can focus educator reflection. Mark shares several great questions and strategies to guide a process. Use the link to his website to find more sample questions. Visit Mark's…
 
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