ERIC Number: ED491272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning
In productive classrooms, teachers do not 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 this book, 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 said (and not said) 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. The book contains a forward written by Richard Allington, Acknowledgments and eight chapters: Chapter (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; and (8) Who Do You Think You're Talking To? This book also contains Appendixes and References.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Language Arts, English Teachers, Language Usage, Classroom Techniques, Thinking Skills, Teacher Influence, Generalization, Classroom Environment
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