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Conflict Strategies for Nice People - Liane Davey by Liane Davey | 12:00 PM December 25, 2013 Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy conflict about the issues. Teams need conflict to function effectively. Still, I meet people every day who admit that they aren’t comfortable with conflict. Sure, pulling your punches might help you maintain your self-image as a nice person, but you do so at the cost of getting your alternative perspective on the table; at the cost of challenging faulty assumptions; and at the cost of highlighting hidden risks. To overcome these problems, we need a new definition of nice. The secret of having healthy conflict and maintaining your self-image as a nice person is all in the mindset and the delivery. Here are a few tips on improving your delivery: 1. 2. 3. 4.
The Quick 10: 10 Ways Shakespeare Changed Everything In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday tomorrow, we’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods to create a printable party kit to celebrate the Bard! (Oh, and we're reposting some of our favorite Shakespeare stories to get you in the mood.) The basic thesis of Stephen Marche’s How Shakespeare Changed Everything becomes obvious very early on (as in, it is expressed in the title). According to this fun, lyrically written and well-researched book, here are just ten of the many ways that Shakespeare changed everything: 1. He gave us a lot of new words Just say some words real quick and you’ll probably say one he coined – nearly 10% of his 20,000-word vocabulary was new to his audiences. 2. 3. His statue in Central Park is covered in pigeon droppings, and strangely it's kind of his fault. In March of 1860, Schieffelin released a mere sixty starlings into the Central Park air as a part of his effort to introduce every bird mentioned in Shakespeare to North America. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Big time. 10.
How to use a semicolon Taking the ‘temperature of learning’ in lessons: a few tried and tested strategies | @mrocallaghan_edu ‘Progress’ appears to be the buzz word in schools at the moment, especially during lesson observations. The new Ofsted framework specifically looks at how teachers enable students to make progress in lessons and over a series of lessons. I believe progress is only as good as the learning objective you measure it against, so making sure your learning objectives are clear and differentiated is vital. This should not be a hoop you jump through for observations but a means to take the ‘temperature of learning’ in a lesson. Below is a range of strategies I have used in lessons to try and get students to take a more active role in their learning and take some ownership of the progress they are making. 1. This is very easy to set up and use in lessons. 2. This works by displaying a scale on the board under a learning objective with a happy face at one end and a sad face at the other. 3. 4. Check out Dan’s website here for more information about the Learning Place Mat. 5. 6. Summary Like this:
Cracking Shakespeare's Catholic Code: An interview with Clare Asquith, by Debra Murphy [Editor's Note: Read Clare Asquith's article on the story behind Shadowplay, .] In recent decades the "personal is political" lit crit crowd has read William Shakespeare as everything from Transgressive and Queer to an apologist for Colonialism; from Puritan to Atheist, from regicide to monarchist, from philo-Semite to anti-Semite to Semite. Everyone, it seems, has joined in the "Shakespeare-and-us" game. But in spite of mounting evidence that Shakespeare was actually Catholic, or at least raised that way in a time when owning a rosary could land a subject of Queen Elizabeth in the Tower, few scholars have argued for a layer of dissident Catholic subtext in Shakespeare's staggering wealth of meaning. Until now. We recently spoke with Clare Asquith, author of the controversial new book Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare, about her ground-breaking work, and the reaction to it here and in England. In America it's rather different. Yes. Well, exactly.