Opening Minds

Using Language to Change Lives

"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

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"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.

 

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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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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

Product Details

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Media: 160 pp/paper
Year: 2011
Item No: 0816
ISBN: 978-1-57110-816-6

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