Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives

Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives

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by Peter H. Johnston, Brenda Miller Power
     
 

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"Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, 'Let's see how many words you know,' is different from saying, 'Let's see how many words you know already.' It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known."

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"Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, 'Let's see how many words you know,' is different from saying, 'Let's see how many words you know already.' It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known."
— Peter Johnston

Sometimes a single word changes everything. In his groundbreaking book Choice Words, Peter Johnston demonstrated how the things teachers say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for the literate lives of students. Now, in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. He explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students' intellectual development, but their development as human beings.

Grounded in research, Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional and moral development. Make no mistake: words have the power to open minds – or close them.

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"By combining rich descriptions of classroom interactions with research to back up his claims, Johnston writes convincingly and paints lasting images of effective ways to engender agency (the will to act), positive self-theories, and constructive perspectives to change lives within our classrooms." - Language Arts

"Johnston’s thinking is transformative. He has created a layered effect of ideas and theories that form a solid path to becoming a master in the apprenticeship of children into humanity." - MiddleWeb

"It is brilliant. Just as in Choice Words, Johnston packs a ton into a small book." - A Year of Reading blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571108166
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
60,109
Product dimensions:
13.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

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Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JimRGill2012 6 months ago
In this relatively slim volume, Johnston includes a wealth of ideas and techniques for teaching literacy and language skills in a more just, compassionate and socially responsible manner. He focuses on dialogic instruction—specifically on the language we use when we speak to and with students—and the value of using a dynamic learning frame that emphasizes every student’s ability to learn, grow, and develop not only cognitively and intellectually but also emotionally and socially. Johnston is interested in far more than “just teaching.” He believes that teachers have a responsibility for helping their students mature into responsible and concerned citizens who are equipped with the academic, social, and emotional skills to effect real change in the world. This book will benefit anyone interested in social justice education—that is to say, anyone who is interested in meaningful education.
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This book provides cited research and classroom examples of how language impacts student learning.