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  1. A purposeful conflict is effective in driving the creative inspiration of the innovators mindset! Helps students start achieving at a higher level of thinking through small groups instruction and the whole class approach when used to challenge the mind and the essence of the ‘student’.

  2. I learn so much – about myself, others, and a topic – through purposeful conflict. I wrote about it myself in a post about disagreement not being dysfunction. Some of my favorite colleagues to work with are ones that challenge ideas and my work (within reason), bringing us all to a better product. No feelings are ever hurt bc this is a practice we engage in frequently.

    Witnessing the political climate on social media in the US reminds me that we need to provide this learning opportunity for our kids. One of the most critical parts of conflict is the stage where you listen to the other person and this listening phase seems to have disappeared. There’s so much shouting into space that this type on disagreement, unlike the type I mention in my blog post, IS dysfunction. It is becoming very clear that this is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced.

    (I didn’t really respond to your question prompt at the end – sorry!)

  3. TKA

    I agree with Tina Seelig! I always gave each student a choice of 1 of three projects that would demonstrate their learning on the topic. Then they were given a rubric to guide them and then I would give them examples of an expected quality project. Students rose to the challenge and were successful in demonstrating their knowledge of the topic. During class time we would support and demonstrate purposeful conflict. In the political climate we have had demonstrated for us this past presidential election each class should be demonstrating purposeful conflict.

  4. Your post makes me think about having a repertoire of instructional methods to inform the kind of learning environment we construct for students. The thinking around “purposeful conflict” and creativity versus clarity also makes me also think about how the intellectual and physical environments we create for students should be informed by authentic work that is meaningful. Thanks so much for writing.

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