Power of Our Words: Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn / Edition 1

Power of Our Words: Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn / Edition 1

by Paula Denton
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ISBN-10:
1892989182
ISBN-13:
9781892989185
Pub. Date:
03/01/2007
Publisher:
Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.
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Power of Our Words: Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781892989185
Publisher: Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: Why Our Words Matter 1

Chapter 1 General Guidelines for Teacher Language 12

Chapter 2 Envisioning: Language as a Spyglass 32

Chapter 3 Open-Ended Questions: Stretching Children's Academic and Social Learning 47

Chapter 4 Listening: Understanding the Message in the Words 69

Chapter 5 Reinforcing Language: Seeing Children and Naming Their Strengths 88

Chapter 6 Reminding Language: Helping Students Remember Expectations 107

Chapter 7 Redirecting Language: Giving Clear Instructions When Children Have Gone Off Track 123

Epilogue: Putting It All Together 142

Appendix A Examples of Effective Teacher Language 147

Appendix B The Process of Developing More Effective Teacher Language 166

References 169

Further Resources 171

Acknowledgments 175

Index 177

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Highly recommended book to understand the power of our words when educating our children. :)
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