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.
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 uses of language that are pivotal in the orchestration of the classroom. Grounded in a study by accomplished literacy teachers, the book demonstrates how the things we say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for what children learn and for who they become as literate people. Through language, children learn how to become strategic thinkers, not merely learning the literacy strategies. In addition, Johnston examines the complex learning that teachers produce in classrooms that is hard to name and thus is not recognized by tests, by policy-makers, by the general public, and often by teachers themselves, yet is vitally important.
This book will be enlightening for any teacher who wishes to be more conscious of the many ways their language helps children acquire literacy skills and view the world, their peers, and themselves in new ways.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ewyatt - LibraryThing
Choice words was a selection for our professional book club. It focuses on the way teachers interact with students and argues that the language teachers choose impacts students' development as learners and people. It was an interesting read and gave me good food for thought. Read full review
Choice WordsUser Review - sjs10 - Overstock.com
Seems OK I got into the first twenty pages or so. So far I dont see it addressing the situations that I face as an unban high school teacher. Again to this point it seems to be more valuable for ... Read full review
Chapter 1 The Language of Influence in Teaching
Chapter 2 Noticing and Naming
Chapter 3 Identity
Chapter 4 Agency and Becoming Strategic
Chapter 5 Flexibility and Transfer or Generalizing
Chapter 6 Knowing
Chapter 7 An Evolutionary Democratic Learning Community
Chapter 8 Who Do You Think Youre Talking To?
The Fine Print
Four Fourth Graders
Analysis of Debbie Millers Interaction with the Class and Brendan
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