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 Johnsto...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.

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

Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Media: 160 pp/paper
Year: 2011
Item No: WEB-0816
ISBN: 978-157110-816-6

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