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Better Conversations
Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected

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October 2015 | 256 pages | Corwin

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“I thought I knew how to have a conversation; I’ve had millions of them.  Some were good, others not so much so. But I want to have GREAT conversations, and Jim Knight has taught me how. The proof is in: better conversations are possible and the results are worth the investment.”
--DOUGLAS FISHER
Coauthor of Rigorous Reading and Unstoppable Learning


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.


 
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

Changes in Standards and need to further review for link to new standards.

Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs
School Of Education, College Of Saint Rose
September 24, 2018
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Key features
(1) Grounded in Knight's hallmark "Partnership Principles," this book is designed to help K-12 professionals, including coaches and supervisors, improve their effectiveness through better listening, trust-building, and engaging in true dialogue.

(2) Unique instructional design that lends itself to "self-coaching" through video recording as well as peer and team coaching designs.

(3) Includes an array of self-assessment tools and templates to help readers monitor their progress.

(4) Written in Knight's characteristic inspirational style, this book honors educators as professionals and motivates them to achieve their "personal best."

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