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Conversations Worth Having

Author : Jacqueline M. Stavros
ISBN : 9781523094035
Genre : Self-Help
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A Unique Guide to Changing Our World of Conversation. Conversation is a crucial part of everything we do. It influences our well being—a good conversation can leave us ready for anything, a bad one can ruin our whole day. But most of us are unaware of the nature of our conversations, let alone how to make them consistently affirming and empowering. This book shows us how to use Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most effective and widely used approaches for fostering positive change, to dramatically improve the outcomes of our conversations. By focusing on what we want to happen instead of what we want to avoid, and asking questions to deepen understanding and increase possibilities, we expand creativity, improve productivity, and unleash potential, at work and home. “This book is for everyone, from managers striving to lead more effectively, to parents trying to cultivate better conversations with children.” Lindsey Godwin, Director, David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry “Wow! What a great book! I'm going to use it in my courses and with every client. It is rare to read a book that is so compelling and practical with simple guidelines anyone can use.” Gervase R. Bushe, Professor, Simon Fraser University, and author of Clear Leadership “A conversation is the smallest visible unit of change, our starting point for every important change effort. This book is a gift to the world, business, schools, and families!” Jon Berghoff, President, Flourishing Leadership Institute “A must read for all leaders. Practical wisdom and relatable stories!” Robert Easton, Senior Managing Director, Accenture “This short book is a rare gem—entertaining, relevant, educational, and immensely practical.!” Maureen McKenna, Founder, Return on Energy Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres have been internationally recognized for their work with Appreciative Inquiry. They've positively affected the lives of thousands of people and helped hundreds of organizations improve their capacity to thrive in uncertain times. They have been researching, writing, consulting, and speaking on Appreciative Inquiry since 1996.

Creativity In Language Teaching

Author : Rodney H. Jones
ISBN : 9781317550471
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Current, comprehensive, and authoritative, this text gives language teachers and researchers, both a set of conceptual tools with which to think and talk about creativity in language teaching and a wealth of practical advice about principles and practices that can be applied to making their lessons more creative. Providing an overview of the nature of creativity and its role in second language education, it brings together twenty prominent language teachers and researchers with expertise in different aspects of creativity and teaching contexts to present a range of theories on both creative processes and how these processes lead to creative practices in language teaching. Unique in the field, the book takes a broader and more critical look at the notion of creativity in language learning, exploring its linguistic, cognitive, sociocultural and pedagogic dimensions. Structured in four sections— theoretical perspectives, creativity in the classroom, creativity in the curriculum, and creativity in teacher development—each chapter is supplemented by Questions for Discussion and Suggestions for Further Research. Its accessible style makes the book relevant as both a course text and a resource for practicing teachers.

The Social Worlds Of Higher Education

Author : Bernice Pescosolido
ISBN : 0761986138
Genre : Education
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This book provides a definitive collection of original and reprinted articles about the problems and prospects of tertiary teaching and education in the social sciences. The Handbook is accompanied by a 3.5" diskette, the Field Guide, which provides a further collection of original and reprinted ‘how to’ articles. The Handbook supplies the broad perspectives and principles about higher education and teaching in a time of rapid change: the Field Guide offers a wealth of valuable practical information for novice and experienced teachers.

Having Hard Conversations

Author : Jennifer Abrams
ISBN : 9781452295664
Genre : Education
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Speak with clarity, confidence, and courage! Many educators struggle with discussing difficult issues with colleagues. This insightful book helps readers effectively lead challenging conversations with supervisees, peers, and supervisors. Emphasizing initiative and preparation as keys to a successful conversation, the author’s step-by-step approach provides: Thought-provoking questions and first-person accounts that help build communications skills Advice on overcoming personal hesitation about expressing concerns Guidance on goal setting and choosing the best “what-where-and-when” for a productive discussion Sample scripts and other interactive tools to help educators prepare for the conversation and achieve positive outcomes

The Heart Of Higher Education

Author : Parker J. Palmer
ISBN : 0470638478
Genre : Education
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A call to advance integrative teaching and learning in higher education. From Parker Palmer, best-selling author of The Courage to Teach, and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College and director of the academic program of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, comes this call to revisit the roots and reclaim the vision of higher education. The Heart of Higher Education proposes an approach to teaching and learning that honors the whole human being—mind, heart, and spirit—an essential integration if we hope to address the complex issues of our time. The book offers a rich interplay of analysis, theory, and proposals for action from two educators and writers who have contributed to developing the field of integrative education over the past few decades. Presents Parker Palmer’s powerful response to critics of holistic learning and Arthur Zajonc’s elucidation of the relationship between science, the humanities, and the contemplative traditions Explores ways to take steps toward making colleges and universities places that awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff Offers a practical approach to fostering renewal in higher education through collegiality and conversation The Heart of Higher Education is for all who are new to the field of holistic education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses.

Bread And Butter

Author : Deborah Liverett
ISBN : 9781452568072
Genre : Self-Help
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Is your life resembling day old bread or is your daily living as delicious as biting into the warm bread oozing with melted butter? If your life is accomplished on the outside, yet it doesn’t resemble your internal dreams, then Bread and Butter: A Self-Directed Discovery to Your Desired Life can help you examine your beliefs and choices and assist you in creating a life filled with the highest quality of your own design. ulli• Identify what is important to you and how it became important./li” li• Understand your contribution to relationship mistakes. • Embrace your own true voice.

Blazing My Trail

Author : Rachel Batya Cohen-Rottenberg
ISBN : 9780984138821
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Blazing My Trail is the sequel to The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed Autism, Ms. Cohen-Rottenberg's moving memoir about her childhood on the autism spectrum and her life after diagnosis as an adult. In this latest work, the author chronicles her process of creatively adapting to life with a disability, advocating for full inclusion, and reclaiming her independence, her power, and her engagement with the world.

Reminiscent Of A Familiar Face

Author : Ezekiel J. Walker
ISBN : 9781452011349
Genre : Psychology
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Throughout the book, you willfind that no topics are off-limits, asWalker discusses racism, pop culture,religious dependence, controversialsports figures, the "n-word",hip hop, women's issues, and othertopics that have been swept underthe rug for so long. With such debatableissues featured, Walker offersin-depth interviews with persons ofhigh credential and/or experienceto contribute to the book's legitimacythrough a "Conversation ForClarity." Several persons includeDarryl Hunt, Terrie M. Williams,Dr. Peter Salovey, Nikki Giovanni,and others that will prove influentialto this book's credibility.Reminiscent of a Familiar Face willillustrate to the present generation,and those past, of the necessaryresilience that one must possessin order to transition from merelytalking about solutions to actuallycontributing to the change theywant to see.

Conversations With William H Gass

Author : William H. Gass
ISBN : 157806547X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Biography -- Literary Criticism--> Conversations with William H. Gass captures the imagination and philosophical acumen of one of America's most important aestheticians, critical theorists, fiction writers, and essayists. From his first major novel, Omensetter's Luck (1966), to his numerous collections of essays and philosophical inquiries, to his controversial novel The Tunnel (1995), Gass (b. 1924) has proved himself a meticulous craftsman. Throughout these interviews, he reveals an aesthetic that combines ideas from sources as disparate as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gertrude Stein, and Plato. The interviews make clear the unity behind Gass's views is by his own design. Conversations retrace his undergraduate years at Kenyon College and his subsequent philosophical investigation of metaphor at Cornell University. Gass has never strayed from his belief that metaphor is central and fundamental to thought and to aesthetics. In these interviews he reiterates time and again his belief that the ultimate understanding of the relationship of language to the world pivots on one's understanding of metaphor. In interviews, in profiles, and in his own essays, Gass does not hide from questions about his art and personal motivations, no matter how frequently they are asked, nor does he toy with his interviewers. Revealing how he never shies from an intellectual joust, this collection includes a rousing, contentious debate with John Gardner, fellow literary pundit and fiction writer. The distinction of Gass's prose is matched by the clarity and brilliance of the mind behind it. These talks allow an unobstructed view. Anyone interested in Gass's writing will delight in hearing the brutally honest voice of the mind that produced it. Theodore G. Ammon is chair of the philosophy department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. His work has appeared in such publications as Romance Notes, Arachne, College Mathematics, and the Journal of Aesthetic Education.

Courageous Conversations

Author : William R. DeLong
ISBN : 9780761850168
Genre : Religion
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This book discusses the complexities of pastoral supervision. Topics addressed are pragmatic aspects of supervision, for pastors in local congregations who supervise seminary interns to well-developed theoretical aspects of supervisory education utilized in clinical pastoral education. Readers will benefit from theoretical viewpoints and practical hands-on application to their ministry.

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