Choice Words

How Our Language Affects Children's Learning

In productive classrooms, teachers don't just teach children skills: they build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Teachers create intellectual environments that produce not only technically competent students, but also caring, secure, actively literate human beings.

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In productive classrooms, teachers don't just teach children skills: they build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Teachers create intellectual environments that produce not only technically competent students, but also caring, secure, actively literate human beings.

Choice Words shows how teachers accomplish this using their most powerful teaching tool: language. Throughout, Peter Johnston provides examples of apparently ordinary words, phrases, and us...read more

About the Author(s)

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. At the time his plans did not include staying in the United States let alone getting married and raising a family.

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Contents
Foreword by Richard Allington
Acknowledgements
1. The Language of Influence in Teaching
2. Noticing and Naming
3. Identity
4. Agency and Becoming Strategic
5. Flexibility and Transfer (or Generalization)
6. Knowing
7. An Evolutionary, Democratic Learning Community
8. Who Do You Think You're Talking To?
Appendixes
References

Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Media: 120 pp/paper
Year: 2003
Item No: WEB-0389
ISBN: 978-157110-389-5

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