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

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Northeast Foundation for Children, Incorporated, 2007 - Education - 172 pages
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This edition is out of print. It was replaced by a new edition in 2013.

Description of 1st edition: Thoughtful use of language is an often-overlooked component of the teacher's repertoire. However, the words, phrases, tone, and pace used daily in the classroom have the power to help students develop self-control, build their sense of belonging, and gain skills and knowledge.

In this warm and thought-provoking guide, Paula Denton offers practical tips, real-life anecdotes, and concrete examples, including 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 teaching language: reinforcing, reminding, and redirecting; saying what you mean and meaning what you say giving brief, concrete instructions offering meaningful, specific encouragement

The Power of Our Words advocates a sensible approach to teacher language that is backed by research and prove 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 already engaged in the process of rethinking their practice.

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User Review  - markauch - LibraryThing

A wonderfully written book about how powerful our words can be and the effect that they can have on children. I highly recommend reading this book whether you are a teacher or not because it gives ... Read full review

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