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Clarify the Purpose of Discussion

Pearls of Wisdom
By Sally Wen
Clarify the Purpose of Discussion

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for PTC professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this Pearl, Sally shares that there two ways of having dialogue: conversation to increase understanding and discussion for making the decisions. She says that to smooth a lot of tension in meetings, it is important to clarify “the purpose of team discussion all the time.” If you start each meeting by documenting the intent, the dialogue stays true to its purpose.  

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.


Sally Wen works at Concordian International School in Bangkok, Thailand.


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