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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #152

An eclectic newsletter this week including come curated articles about the link between our language
The Dialogic Learning Weekly
The Dialogic Learning Weekly #152
By Tom Barrett • Issue #152 • View online
An eclectic newsletter this week including come curated articles about the link between our language and our thinking; why we need to pay attention to noisy learning spaces and finally the baloney detection kit!

Our Words Lead to Our Actions
The most common frames are learned as a toddler when you learn about the world, and every time a neural circuit is used, it strengthens. ~ George Lakoff
Kicking off this week a reading about the causal link between our language and our thinking. George Lakoff refers to frames. This is a common phrase when we use “frames of reference” and in problem solving the effort “to frame and reframe a problem”.
This resonated with me because of my continuous focus on the developmental attributes of language in my work with leaders and teachers. Also from this saying:
Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. ~ Frank Outlaw (Late President of the Bi-Lo Stores)
When we are navigating change we have to be able to articulate a future state to those experiencing the change. We have to create and communicate a vision and so our language choices are crucial.
successfully arguing a point requires you to establish your own frames and use language that evokes images and ideas that fit the worldview you want.
This is How Tiny Changes in the Words You Hear Impact Your Thinking - Fast Company
Noisy Learning Spaces
…most people work best when it’s quiet, despite what they think. ~ Nick Perham
In my school visits over the last few years I have been paying close attention to the quality of the acoustic environment. I have encountered many stories of “innovative” learning environment developments that failed due to a lack of investment in the acoustic treatment of a space.
In the article below it highlights how differently we all respond to levels of noise in the work/learning place. There is huge variability in the sensitivity we have to noise levels and how we manage cognitive load.
I am all for exploring the use of open spaces in learning environments that are shared collaborative areas. But this comes with two caveats: there has to be a high level of investment in acoustic conditioning and treatment; a variety of purposeful spaces need to be on offer, so that a teacher or learner, utilising their spatial competence, can be discerning in their choice of a space to suit the need.
Why office noise bothers some people more than others - BBC Worklife
The Baloney Detection Kit
The kit is brought out as a matter of course whenever new ideas are offered for consideration. If the new idea survives examination by the tools in our kit, we grant it warm, although tentative, acceptance. ~ Carl Sagan
A conversation that resonated with me this week centred on the use of digital technologies. How students need a burgeoning set of skills and attributes to navigate the broadening media landscape.
We often throw around the category critical thinking skills, but what does that actually mean? What practical steps can we take to seek truth in what we hear, see and read? How are these skills relevant to an ever increasing augmented reality?
I suppose it is about truth seeking skills.
In his Baloney Detection Kit Carl Sagan outlines some specific actions we can take to be better at seeking the truth. Such as using a mental model:
Occam’s Razor. This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.
He also shares how to avoid the most common pitfalls of common sense. A great read which I think you will enjoy. I wonder if these rules for critical thinking will always be relevant?
The Baloney Detection Kit - Brain Pickings
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Thanks for reading another Dialogic Learning Weekly. What resonated with you? How will you apply some of these ideas?
See you next time for another issue.
~ Tom 
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