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The practice of open and constructive conversation does not happen naturally, but we can improve it in just about any dialogue.
We can wait. Being silent before the other person speaks can contribute to language development in children, learning among students, and problem-solving by teams.
There is a difference between talking to and talking with a child.
The developmental gain in language and literacy skills has more to do with the quality of the talk than the quantity of words heard by a child. Taking turns to speak gives the child space and time to speak and receive feedback.
In a 1986 paper, research showed that teachers gave students typically 1 second or less to reply to a question, while the threshold for positive effects turns out to be 2.7 seconds.
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