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Dec 11, 2016

Are you looking for common ground in your conversations? Are you using words that unite or words that divide? Are you avoiding toxic connections? When I came across Better Conversations by Jim Knight I realized I was not so skilful in this area. In today’s session I ready from this gem of a book, and unpack his I-CARE acronym for helping us all experience more interconnectivity through the holiday season.

I read from Better Conversations from Jim Knight

  • How to use the I-CARE acronym to build common ground in conversation
  • Identify what you do that turns a connection into a toxic connection
  • Learn which words and phrases unite, and which divide

What you’ll get out of tuning in:    

  • Which books make the Connectivity Kit Book list + why 
  • Learn Cate’s favorite book for learning how to mine feedback for evolutionary gems
  • What to do for a yeast infection
  • And do detoxes work for pregnancy?


Better Conversations by Jim Knight
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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 wrote the first article on the topic of instructional coaching for The Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2007) popularized the idea.  Jim edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (Corwin, 2009) and co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (Pacific Northwest Publishing, 2010). Jim’s other books include Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach to Dramatically Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2011), High-Impact Instruction: A Framework or Great Teaching (Corwin, 2013), and Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction (Corwin, 2014).

Jim’s articles on professional learning, teaching, and instructional coaching have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Educational Leadership.

Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Jim has presented to more than 30,000 educators from six continents. He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Jim also writes the Radical Learners blog.