The Praxis of Dialogue

One of my favorite axioms is: There are three things that make effective learning happen, in this order: time, time and time. While the wry humor in that axiom always gets a belated laugh, the significance and meaning it offers is not at all trivial. I discovered the biology behind my simple axiom as I […]

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Impact Studies

[Note: this piece was originally published in 2003.  We love it, and have asked Jane to update it for 2015 with her new thinking.] I love the change of seasons: from winter to spring, from spring to the hot days of summer, from summer to the crisp, blue-sky autumn. There is a renewal here that […]

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Inclusion Means ALL

I have a raging new agenda: inclusion. I believe this agenda will be a great challenge to me and to all Dialogue Educators since we see the value in small groups working together to learn via learning tasks. In the words of Danah Zohar, we want to hear "a chorus of conversations" as learners engage with tough new […]

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Teacher as Neuroplastician?

It’s true, my friends! Teachers are neuroplasticians. In The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Norman Doidge M.D. coins the word neuroplasticians to describe those who – quite literally – change the brain. I was frankly shocked to hear that until very recently we all believed a […]

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Dialogue Education Essentials:  The Right Bit of WHAT for the WHEN

  “If I only had enough time I could cover this subject!” You may have said this yourself. And I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard other teachers say it! If the content of a learning event is worth its salt in meaning and significance, you’ll never have enough time. The fourth step of the 8 Steps of Design allows you […]

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Dialogue Education Essentials:  Safety

The system that is Dialogue Education demands safety. Learners must feel safe with the content, with the teacher, with the environment, with their colleagues. The designer/teacher must feel safe with her partners, with her design, with the group of learners, with the environment. Safety is not merely a nice aspect of the system:  it is […]

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