Choice Words by Peter H. Johnston

By Peter H. Johnston

In efficient school rooms, academics do not simply train youngsters talents: they construct emotionally and relationally fit studying groups. lecturers create highbrow environments that produce not just technically efficient scholars, but in addition being concerned, safe, actively literate human beings.

Choice Words exhibits how academics accomplish this utilizing their strongest educating device: language. all through, Peter Johnston offers examples of it appears traditional phrases, words, and makes use of of language which are pivotal within the orchestration of the study room. Grounded in a learn by way of comprehensive literacy academics, the e-book demonstrates how the issues we are saying (and do not say) have dazzling effects for what youngsters research and for who they develop into as literate humans. via language, kids tips on how to develop into strategic thinkers, now not in basic terms studying the literacy recommendations. moreover, Johnston examines the complicated studying that academics produce in study rooms that's not easy to call and hence isn't really famous by means of exams, via policy-makers, through most of the people, and sometimes via academics themselves, but is vitally important.

This booklet should be enlightening for any instructor who needs to be extra aware of the numerous methods their language is helping kids collect literacy abilities and examine the realm, their friends, and themselves in new ways.

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We especially want children to attend to their feeling of surprise, which is a good indicator of conflicting patterns or theories. Such conflicts offer great locations for concep- 18 í Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning by Peter H. Johnston. Copyright © 2004. Stenhouse Publishers. All rights reserved. No reproduction without written permission from the publisher. CHAPTER TWO tual learning because they require us to rethink things that we take for granted (Schaffer 1996).

All rights reserved. No reproduction without written permission from the publisher. CHAPTER FOUR cannot imagine the options. It’s just something that they do. This is when we pose “Suppose . ” or “What if . ” possibilities for them, or open new possibilities by connecting them to other sources. ] . . ” These questions turn children’s attention not only to the need for conscious choice, but also to possible sources for imagining options. This kind of conversation is directed toward building and connecting what Jerome Bruner (1986) calls the “dual landscapes” of consciousness and action.

In school, it is our job to help expand the possible agentive narrative lines available for children to pick up. Boys and girls differ, too, in the stories they tell about success and failure. Boys learn to tell stories in which they claim agency for their academic successes but not their failures, whereas girls tend to tell stories with the opposite attributions. They experience success and failure through these powerful culturally derived narratives (Bruner 1994b). Our job is to change these narratives so that both boys and girls have a productive sense of the implications of the choices they make and the strategies they choose.

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