The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn

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Northeast Foundation for Ch, Jan 1, 2007 - Education - 172 pages
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Language may be a teacher's most powerful tool. Every day the words, phrases, tone, and pace you use have the power to help students develop self-control, build their sense of belonging, and gain skills and knowledge.This book, by an author with more than twenty years of experience teaching children and educators, will help you recognize the influence your words have on the children you teach. It will show you how to use language more skillfully, building a classroom where students feel safe, respected, appreciated, and excited about learning. Full of practical tips, real life anecdotes, and concrete examples, this warm and thought- provoking guide includes specific suggestions about language to adopt and language to avoid. Topics include: using language to help children envision success; open-ended questions that stretch children's thinking; listening and using silence skillfully; the 3 Rs of teacher language: reinforcing, reminding, and redirecting; saying what you mean and meaning what you say; giving brief, concrete instructions; offering meaningful, specific encouragement. The sensible approach this book advocates is backed by research and proven through decades of successful practice in elementary classrooms nationwide. It offers ideas beginners can try immediately and a wealth of guidance and support for those farther along in the process of changing their language.
  

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Review: Power of Our Words, The: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn

User Review  - Lexie - Goodreads

This book offers practical teacher advice along the same lines as Teach Like a Champion. I like to think of one or two strategies each week to focus on in my classroom management. :-) Read full review

Review: Power of Our Words, The: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

Awesome book! Every teacher should read this! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
chapter
12
chapter
33
chapter three
48
chapter four
72
chapter five
91
chapter
111
chapter seven
132
epilogue
146
appendix
170
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About the author (2007)

Paula Denton began working as a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher in 1990 and later managed program development at Northeast Foundation for Children. She is the author of Learning Through Academic Choice and co-author of The First Six Weeks of School.

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