Choice words peter johnston chapter summary
Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Childrens Learning by Peter H. JohnstonIn productive classrooms, teachers dont 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 dont 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.
Choice Words- Chapters 7 & 8
This reminded me of a cooperative learning program we use at our school, Kagan. We had a couple professional developments that helped us practice different Kagan structures so that we could use them properly and effectively in our own classrooms. Many of what Johnston mentions in his last chapters reminded me of Kagan strategies I already incorporate in my classroom. Kagan is all about working together to learn and transfer information. This helps students realize that we all are in the learning process together.
Last semester I was a tutor for the English Language Program where I worked with international students learning English. Students were encouraged to read as many books as they could throughout the semester to help them with their acquisition process. For every book they had to fill out a summary where they had identify the basic information characters, plot, climax, etc. At the end of the semester my student felt more comfortable filling out the summary form with minimal assistance from me. It does help students when teachers point things out to them.
Peter Johnston used the book Choice Words to explain the importance of language and how it can affect the way a student learns. Just by.
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