Confirmation Bias

I was introduced to the term confirmation bias in Jim Knight’s recent book, Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High Impact Instruction. Citing Heath and Heath (2013) in the book, Decisive, Jim describes confirmation bias as the habit of developing a quick belief about a situation and then seeking out information that bolsters that belief. “…..When […]

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Data and Confirmation Bias

I wrote another blog that defined confirmation bias and how coaching and videoing can assist a teacher in reflective decision making in a manner that avoids seeking data that only reinforces existing beliefs and negating data that challenges an existing opinion or practice. As I worked with that material I considered that the same problem of confirmation […]

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Technology, Engagement, and Learning

I am at one of those spots in time where several of my experiences and readings are aligning. I continue to be amazed every time that happens, no matter that it often occurs. In the past few weeks I was asked to join a team of teachers, administrators, and coaches who were doing classroom observations […]

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New Instructional Coaches

This week I was asked to join the #educoach chat on Twitter (Wednesdays at 9 pm Central) to be part of a conversation concerning starting out as a new coach. Here is some of the initial thinking as I gathered my thoughts: The tweets are archived here. Establish the definition/roles that you will play as […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a 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. Read more…