Teaching-Learning Academy Dialogue Ground Rules Be respectful. Listen patiently with the primary goal of understanding. Give everyone adequate air time. Be open. Work to understand differences, not to erase them. Try out new ideas and be willing both to disagree and to change your view. Be direct. Say what you expect from others. Ask questions when you don’t understand. Avoid making assumptions; instead, ask others what they think and why. Be present. Engage actively, but know that silence sometimes is ok. Try to be prompt. Resist technological distractions. Be ethical. Honor privacy; avoid deceptive and misleading comments. The students from Communication 322, Civil Discourse as Interactive Learning, serve as facilitators for small dialogue groups using these conversational guidelines.