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Better Conversations

Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected
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By: Jim Knight
Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim Knight shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogue, both inside and outside school.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506307459
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: March 29, 2017

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Because conversation is the lifeblood of any school
You don’t want this book—you need this book. Why this confident claim? Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them.

Enter instructional coaching expert Jim Knight, who in Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues.

As coaches, as administrators, as teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to:

  • Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators
  • Listen with empathy
  • Find common ground
  • Build Trust

Our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth depends upon our doing this hard work. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, open our minds, and dare to change for the better of the students we serve. You can get started now with Better Conversations and the accompanying Reflection Guide to Better Conversations.

Author(s)

Author(s)

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Jim Knight

Jim Knight has spent more than two decades studying professional learning, effective teaching, and instructional coaching. He is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the President of the Instructional Coaching Group.

Jim earned his PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. The pioneering work Jim and his colleagues have conducted has led to many innovations that are now central to professional development in schools. Jim wrote the first major article about instructional coaching for the Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching (2007) offered the first extended description of instructional coaching.

Jim’s book Focus on Teaching (2014) was the first extended description of how video should be used for professional learning. Recently, writing with Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas, Jim introduced the idea of instructional playbooks with their book on that topic. Jim has written several books in addition to those described above, including Unmistakable Impact (2011), High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021).

Knight has also authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as Educational Leadership, The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan. Jim is also a columnist for Educational Leadership.Through ICG, Knight conducts coaching workshops, hosts the Facebook Live series, “Coaching Conversations,” and provides consulting for coaching programs around the world.




Click Below to Order These Key Titles for Instructional Coaches, Education Leaders, and Classroom Teachers

Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction
Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected
The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations
Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach to Dramatically Improving Instruction
High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching
The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching
The Reflection Guide to the Impact Cycle

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface


Acknowledgments


About the Author


Chapter 1: Radical Brokenness and Better Conversations

Chapter 2: The Better Conversations Beliefs

Chapter 3: Listening With Empathy

Chapter 4: Fostering Dialogue

Chapter 5: Asking Better Questions

Chapter 6: Connecting

Chapter 7: Finding Common Ground

Chapter 8: Redirecting Toxic Words and Emotions

Chapter 9: Building Trust

References


Study Participants


Index


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