Suggested pacing and order for Can We Talk? lessons
1) E Pluribus Unum? - An introductory lesson, with slide deck, that reviews the evidence that polarization and division are reaching crisis levels. Each slide invites student discussion and feedback. Lesson plan to come.
2) A Took Kit for Troubled Times - A review of the nine CWT ground rules for productive dialogue, with some review of the deeper concepts behind them.
1) The Multiple Identities Exercise - An exercise to help students see themselves, and others, as multi-faceted
2) What Are Your Bubbles? - Urging students to map the bubbles that provide security and belonging, but can also obscure our vision
3) American Values - What Are They? - Identifying the values that really drive America
1) How to Be an Active Listener - Reviewing how listening is a skill we can learn and practice
2) Three Questions - A 30-minute interactive exercise in active listening.
3) Asking Different Kinds of Questions - Tips on how to ask questions that show you really care and want to learn
1) The Five Whys - A 20–25-minute interactive lesson in how to discover the real problem.
2) The Kitchen-Table Question - A process to find out what issues matter most to students, and how they see them
3) The Friend's Dilemma - A fun exercise to explore what's going right and what's going wrong in your school or town
4) Story Core - A powerful exercise to find out what a place is good at and what it's bad at. Lesson plan to come
5) The Social Dilemma - An assignment leading to student presentations on how social media discussions go south. Lesson plan to come
1) Can We Talk? dialogues - How to use the prompts, and help students learn from the experience
2) How to Plan for A Difficult Conversation - Presenting a tool to help you anticipate what could go wrong and how to avoid it.
3) How to Frame an Issue - Sharing tools that helps you navigate difference of opinion on tough issues. Lesson plan to come.