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Productive conversations

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.



Waiting for children to speak

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.


Waiting for students to speak

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.

  • Giving students more time to respond changed students' attitudes and behavior, and increased the number of questions and unprompted contributions by students.
  • Deliberately increasing wait times also contributes positively to the teacher's attitudes and behavior by forming more cohesive and constructive development of ideas, probing for clarification of elaboration, and encouraging fair expectations across a group of students.


Waiting for colleagues to speak

There is evidence that the performance of teams in solving intellectual problems is linked with well-timed talk.

A 1998 study found that groups generally outperformed individuals by listening to and questioning each other's contributions.



Language: a primary tool for understanding human behavior

Language: a primary tool for understanding human behavior

Language is integral to how we express and communicate in everyday life.

Understanding how people use language - what words and phrases they choose to combine - can give us insight into our...

How language is interpreted

According to research, slight differences in language can reveal biased beliefs of the speakers.

For example, saying "girls are as good as boys at math" can imply that being good at math is more common for boys than girls.

Other languages inform our own

There are about 7,000 languages worldwide. Each language reflects the culture of the people who speak it.

Studying other languages and how they develop over time can help scholars understand the unique ways we communicate with one another.

Intelligence is not genius

Intelligence is not genius

Genius is not about having an extraordinarily high IQ, or even about being smart. It is not about finishing Mensa exercises in record time or mastering fourteen languages at the age of seven.


Geniuses and problem solving

Leonardo da Vinci believed you begin by learning how to restructure the problem by looking at it from many different angles.

In order to creatively solve a problem, the thinker should not use the usual approach that is based on past experience. Geniuses use several different perspectives to solve an existing problem and thereby also identify new ones.

Making your thoughts visible

_Galileo Galilei revolutionized science by making his idea visible with diagrams, maps, and drawings. Einstein believed that words and numbers as they are spoken did not play a significant role in his thinking process.

Geniuses seem to develop a skill to display information in visual and spatial forms, rather than only mathematical or verbal lines.


It is the physical expression through movement and rhythm of relationships, feelings and ideas.

Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in scho...

Dance benefits

  • In an evaluation of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, 95 % of teachers said that as a result of dancing together, there was a demonstrable improvement in students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate.
  • Dancing improves reading and math scores.  “physical activity has a positive influence on memory, concentration and classroom behavior.”
  • Arts benefit everyone regardless of their vocational pathways.