The art of conversation


The art of conversationThe foundation of a collaborative learning community within a school is everyone working together to reach common goals. For a whole​-school community to successfully work together, every member has to have the ability to build and maintain relationships through conversation – an open, shared and ongoing dialogue in a climate of mutual respect and trust.

Key to developing and sustaining this collaborative culture in schools is for each person to be able to effectively manage and resolve conflict, develop resilience to work through difficult situations, lead and cope with change, and give and receive constructive and useful feedback.

Throughout August, Bastow is running five powerful Professional Practice workshops that aim to equip educators with all the knowledge and skills they need to be effective communicators, collaborators, teachers and leaders.

Developing resilience in self and others – 15 August

Research reveals that resilience is not a trait, it is actually a set of skills that can be learned and developed. By understanding the fundamental skills of highly resilient people, you can develop your own resilience and learn to respond positively to stressful situations, sustain personal wellbeing and assist others to thrive.

Manage and resolve conflict – 16 August

Examining how you respond to conflict and understanding the dynamics of conflict will assist you in managing and resolving conflict in your school.

Give and receive constructive feedback – 17 August

Learn more about the importance of reflection, goal setting and the use of multiple sources of evidence when judging the quality of student learning. Practice and rehearse giving feedback in a manner that is explicit, focused and constructive.

Have Challenging Conversations – 26 August

Difficult conversations require advanced communication skills and an effective process. This workshop is designed to equip you with the skills required to respond in the moment, lessening the incidence of high-stress scenarios.

Effectively manage resistance to change – 8 November

By learning more about the psychology of change resistance, you can approach change in a positive and proactive way, giving you the skills to envisage, develop, implement and sustain change in your school.

Make sure you don’t miss out on these valuable learning experiences. For more information and bookings, see Bastow Professional Practice.