The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn
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: The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language That Helps Children LearnUser Review - B Claire - Goodreads
This book has so many good examples and concrete suggestions that I hardly know where to begin. I will need to refer back to it over and over in order to change the way I reinforce, remind and "praise." Read full review
Review: The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language That Helps Children LearnUser Review - Abbie - Goodreads
Reading the second edition a few years after reading the first edition. Read full review