JOY IS THE MEASURE

Paulo Freire continually asked, "What is to know?"  I want to add another open question:   How do you know you are right on, doing what folks truly need for their learning and yours? This week I realized:  Joy is the measure.   I feel and realize deep joy in learning and teaching – seeing groups of […]

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Thanks and Praise

Monday was a dark cold March day in Raleigh North Carolina. As I tried to get moving, and go to my morning swim, I found myself sluggish and slow. then I opened the laptop: VOILA! Peter Noteboom’s photo albums from his HAITI Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach course with PVO group leaders. Wow! Then […]

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Learning English in Japan

As I sit down today to write my blog post I am thinking of the people of Japan. I find it hard to focus on much other than the staggering news reports about the destruction of the massive earthquake and tsunami, which was strong enough to shift the earth’s axis, causing the planet to spin a […]

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When Dialogue Isn’t Possible

There are so many great examples in the latest issue of Voices in Dialogue about how Dialogue Education™ is uniquely suited to peace building efforts, from negotiating conflict between divorcing couples to crafting a peace treaty between rebel groups and the military in the Philippines. Dialogue is a powerful tool for achieving authentic and lasting […]

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Quality Check List

We had an inspiring dialogue about the usefulness of a tool to assure quality Dialogue Education designs and teaching. How do we know we are doing the best Dialogue Education with our students?  Is there a checklist we can use to assure that we have thought of everything, done everything, executed as well as possible, […]

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LNRA- Phone Calls & Email

This month’s Dialogue Education™ Tips and Tools focuses on asking and creating questions as a part of a Learning Needs and Resource Assessment (LNRA). What questions do you ask? (Or perhaps wish you had asked?) As an introvert, I find making a phone call or two to people, whether they have or have not responded […]

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LEARNING AT LAST

Every time I have tea with a friend by my fire, I learn something important. Here are two examples: Susan Johnstone came to review her design for her Presentation of her research for her M.A. As we worked, I realized for the first time that immediate indicators of learning are often conceptual until there is […]

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