Ask Steve Barkley: Teacher Modeling

Back by popular demand, Steve Barkley is back to answer your questions. This week we’re focusing on the instructional strategy of modeling. Q: I’m a 4th grade science teacher in a public school located in Rochester, NY. I find myself using the instructional strategy of modeling many times throughout the course of the school year…. Continue Reading >

PLS Instructors Discuss Common Classroom Themes and Challenges on The Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast

Steve Barkley continues to share ideas and insight into popular classroom topics on his weekly podcast, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud! We are delighted to share three recent episodes that feature our very own PLS instructors. (You can download the following podcasts for free and listen to them anytime.) PLS Instructors Featured on Steve Barkley… Continue Reading >

The Importance of Instructional Coaching — Featuring Steve Barkley

An instructional coach is chiefly responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. The benefits of instructional coaching include development of instructional skills, self-reflection, changes in school culture, and collaboration. Benefits of Instructional Coaches Teachers develop instructional skills. Working with a coach allows teachers to practice and learn… Continue Reading >

Summer Reading Recommendations for Educators

Summer break is a wonderful time to catch up with friends, sleep, and to tackle those books piling up on your nightstand! With the dog days of summer ahead, there’s still plenty of time to curl up with a good book. If you’re looking for something good to read — you’re in luck. We asked… Continue Reading >

Steve Barkley’s Summer Reading List for Educators

Looking for some great books to read this summer? You’re in luck! We asked Steve Barkley, a trusted friend and partner of PLS Classes, to recommend the top books teachers should pick up and digest this summer. Steve is an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities… Continue Reading >

Take a Break This Summer: Top Podcasts for Educators

Summer break represents a much deserved time of rest and relaxation for teachers across the country. It also offers a great opportunity for you to brush up on your core skills, learn about new and inventive teaching best practices, and dig deeper into what you are passionate about. There are many different ways to grow… Continue Reading >