Shift Your Vision: Language Patterns, Our Differences, Our Selves

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As people identify their ThoughtPrints in this workshop, they will begin to literally see, in color - blue, pink, green, and orange - not "black and white" - the ways that thoughts in the mind turn to sentences in the mouth and on paper or screen. Sometimes our thoughts are embedded in our sense of our indentities. And sometimes they speak to our selves in ways that we have not yet identified. Furthermore, our thoughts form patterns which inform both our language habits and our views of our world. As people in the workshop start to gain access to their language habits, they will find new ways of speaking about diversity and strategies for addressing it. Working with a patented description of a structural logic of English, we will look at the four basic thought patterns which we can identify in all English speaking and writing across racial, ethnic, and geographic boundaries. As we work with these patterns, we see differences not only in terms of our usual description of diversity but also in terms of the way we shift our visual, abstract, and unformed thoughts into sentences. So, doing this, we begin to find a new respect, through language, for our own strengths and weaknesses, and we can begin to build new bridges to others.

Keywords: Thought Patterns, ThoughtPrint, Dialogue Triggers, Language Habits, Thinking, Boundaries, Identity
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Barbara Stuckey

President, The Exact Word
Arlington, VA, USA

Barbara K. Stuckey founded theExact Word, a company with a twenty-year history providing communicating across organizations and schools for how people lead, work together, identify problems, and track solutions collaboratively. Using a patented system, she has authored over fifteen books about thinking, writing, and perception. The moment when thought turns to sentence interests her intensely because it affects how we approach the world, work with each other, and how we seek our impact. Applying ThoughtPrint strengths and strategies leads participants to understand that how we see and perceive affects our interpersonal and professional performances. Dr.Janet Kaufman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Utah, where she directs the English Education program. She has co-authored "How Shall We tell Each Other of the Poet?": The Life and Writing of Muriel Rukeyser (1999) and "The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser (2005). Along with other articles about poetry, she has published numerous articles about teaching English/Language Arts, teaching youth at-risk, and working with service-learning and civic engagement. With a history of leading anti-oppression work and as part of her teaching, she directs the Family Literacy Center in Salt Lake City, working with youth and families in a highly diverse, urban community.

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