The Teach Different Method is a conversation technique conceived by teachers in response to the traumatic experience of a high school sophomore on the west side of Chicago in 2017.
What started out as a really bad class turned into a really good conversation about revenge the next day which became an obsession to use short quotes to start classroom discussions about ideas that really matter to young people.
Through hundreds of hours of iteration, a worldwide pandemic and input from stakeholders at all levels of education, the Teach Different Method was born and now serves as the key framework for engagement of students, families and schools in the Conversation Project.
If you’re concerned about young people being addicted to their phones, here’s a thought that’s even more unsettling.
For years, brain science has explored neural coupling, a powerful event where human brain activity syncs during live, face-to-face conversations. This phenomenon isn’t just about talking and listening. Great conversations actually foster empathy, bring out emotions, and trigger hormones that evoke feelings of belonging and trust.
When we are texting and making posts on social media, we aren’t realizing the benefits of this coupling. No wonder the Internet has become a place for extreme views, miscommunication and divisive rhetoric.
The Teach Different Method is a technique designed to harness the power of neural coupling in an increasingly divisive world to foster authentic, real-time conversations. Here’s how it does it:
While neural coupling thrives in genuine conversations, safety is paramount. The Teach Different Method ensures participants feel secure, allowing even sensitive topics to be discussed with care and understanding.
With the Teach Different Method, life-changing dialogues aren’t one-off experiences; they become a cherished routine. This regular engagement further reinforces the power and benefits of conversations.
Neural coupling illuminates the beauty of human interaction and the magic of genuine conversations. The Teach Different Method provides the tools and framework to navigate and harness this connection.