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Choice Words : How Our Language Affects Children's Learning

Choice Words : How Our Language Affects Children's Learning - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1571103895

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ISBN13: 978-1571103895
ISBN10: 1571103899
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Published: 2004
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Choice Words : How Our Language Affects Children's Learning - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1571103895

Peter Johnston

ISBN13: 978-1571103895
ISBN10: 1571103899
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard Allington

Acknowledgements

1. The Language of Influence in Teaching

2. Noticing and Naming

3. Identity

4. Agency and Becoming Strategic

5. Flexibility and Transfer (or Generalization)

6. Knowing

7. An Evolutionary, Democratic Learning Community

8. Who Do You Think You're Talking To?

Appendixes

References

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