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Opening Minds

Using Language to Change Lives

Peter H. Johnston

Sometimes a single word changes everything. In his groundbreaking book, Choice Words, Peter Johnston demonstrated how the things teachers say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for the literate lives of students. Now, in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures.


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Product Details

  • Author: Peter H. Johnston
  • ISBN: 978-157110-816-6
  • Year:2012
  • Media: 160 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-8
  • Item No: WEB-0816

"Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, 'Let's see how many words you know,' is different from saying, 'Let's see how many words you know already.' It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known."
Peter Johnston

Sometimes a single word changes everything. In his groundbreaking book, Choice Words, Peter Johnston demonstrated how the things teachers say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for the literate lives of students. Now, in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. He explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students' intellectual development, but their development as human beings.

Grounded in research, Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional and moral development. Make no mistake: words have the power to open minds or close them.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Choosing Words, Choosing Worlds
Chapter 2: Learning Worlds: People, Performing, and Learning
Chapter 3: Changing Learning Narratives
Chapter 4: "Good Job!" Feedback, Praise, and Other Responses
Chapter 5: Any Other Ways to Think About That? Inquiry, Dialogue, Uncertainty, and Difference
Chapter 6: Social Imagination
Chapter 7: Moral Agency: Moral Development and Civic Engagement
Chapter 8: Thinking Together, Working Together
Chapter 9: Choice Worlds
Appendixes
Notes

About the Author

Peter Johnston
Peter Johnston grew up and taught elementary school in New Zealand before coming to the United States to earn his Ph.D. at the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois. >more

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