Friday, March 1, 2013

Teacher Thoughts on Dan Pink: To Sell Is Human Part 5

Think on this one: The clarity on how to think without clarity on how to move can leave people unmoved.

I need to read Pantalon's book Instant Influence. I love this two question technique proposed and will use this with students when meeting with them about their work, progress, and when we meet for our classroom conferences.

1. On a scale of 1 - 10 , with 1 meaning "not the least bit ready" and 10 meaning "totally ready" how ready are you?

2. Why didn't you pick a lower number?

I will actually use this technique next week as my students prepare for a global debate. I will report the results. I like this technique because you can obviously change the question to your desired need. This really forces the person to think about their answer in a new way. Love it!

Read the book Mindless Eating by Wansink

The Twitter Pitch

I love this!!!!!! As we are working on an application system for our ELP services I think this is a great piece to include in the process. This forces the student to really focus on the specific of who they are and what they bring to the table. They will have to describe themselves or summarize who they are in 140 characters. There is great freedom in this if they can think correctly. 140 characters could be just the start of something much bigger if they utilize those characters right. Right? 

My last thought from the book is on listening. It is estimated that 1/4 of our waking time is dedicated to listening and it is mind boggling how much we neglect this skill and don't work on it. It is an assumed skill that we think everyone has acquired. We need to teach listening in schools. How to focus, how to engage, and how to really listen and not just hear. Listen without listening for anything. Don't worry about what you are going to say next. Just listen. We need to add this skill to our curriculum. Perhaps we need to be taught before we teach it. 
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