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

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Peter Johnston's research explores relationships among classroom talk, engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. Elected to the Reading Hall of Fame, he has received numerous awards for his research and writing.

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Foreword by Richard Allington
Acknowledgments
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: 0389
ISBN: 978-1-57110-389-5

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