Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.
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2 November 2014
I'm so wanting to dump my own take on this article upon those reading these comments. And, knowing me, I probably will, at least to some extent before I hit the publish button.
Yet, at the same time, I'd love to resist that temptation in favor of making the following suggestion.
1. Gather the members of your staff in the same room to watch this video.
2. Let them know up front that it is only 13 minutes and 48 seconds long. You may know why this is important information to give up front.
3. Have everyone fold a sheet of paper in half "hot dog" not "hamburger." (can't help but wonder how many do and how many don't understand this step)
4. Ask that people watch without comment until the end of the video in order not to influence each other's initial reaction.
5. While watching suggest that people merely put a check mark on the left side of the paper crease whenever the speaker's comment is in alignment with their own thoughts and a check mark on the right side whenever the speaker's comment is not in alignment with their own thoughts. (It's not important to note the actual point the speaker made, but rather to quickly note a countable number of moments of alignment and non-alignment.)
6. At the end of the video have everyone tally the checks in each column.
7. (This is a challenge) Say nothing and wait for a conversation to begin.
1. Read the directions for Version 1.
2. Watch the video at your convenience.
3. Imagine what the conversation might have been like had you pulled off the Version 1 process.
I'll be darned! I did it! I think I managed to get to the end without dumping my own take on you.
Thanks to one of my dear former students, Rebecca Fortelka, who taught me a whole lot about powerful communication skills, for suggesting this video.
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