Practising Learning Talk skills: a practical gift
‘How are we going to remember and practise all these skills we’re learning?’ is a common question asked by leaders as we’ve worked to build their capabilities for effective, important conversations.
I often share the story of a wonderful colleague who, working as a senior director with an Australian Department of Education, posted up charts with sentence scaffolds on the wall above her office door.
‘People would pop their head in the door to ask a question, or be having a conversation with me, and I’d pause... and look up... they would think I was thinking! In reality I was searching for an appropriate way to respond. Having these sentence starters has been a great way to work on my skills!’
Since consciously practising these skills makes a huge difference to their development, here is a Learning Talk resource I hope you will find of great practical use.
When Tim Fitzgerald was principal of Fitzroy High School in Melbourne, each of his adult team members kept an early version of this resource visible during their important team meetings. Everybody was practising; everybody learned and developed their skills.
How might you use this resource to practise and further develop your own skills, and those of the people you lead? I’d love you to share your ideas and strategies!