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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (500 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter H. Johnston Narrator: Peter H. Johnston Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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In productive classrooms, teachers don't 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 don't 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.

In addition, Johnston examines the complex learning that teachers produce in classrooms - which 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 audiobook 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/12/2014

    " I should have read this one when I was teaching high school--it would have helped me think more carefully about how I positioned myself as a teacher and my students as learners. Excellent ideas for how to "say" things so that students take more ownership of their own learning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " Anyone who works in classrooms with students should read this book. Great reminders about how to support learners as they grow their identities and abilities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) | 2/8/2014

    " I want to give a copy of this to every teacher and administrator that I know. The audiobook is excellent and would provide extra emphasis in sharing the book as part of PD. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shana Elbrecht | 1/25/2014

    " About half of this book was good; the other half was completely common sense and I felt dumber for reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MrsErica Beaton | 1/22/2014

    " EDR 628 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/18/2014

    " Eye opening about how to talk in the classroom. Our choice of language positions students; thus, we should be more conscience of word choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 1/16/2014

    " This is not a book I would read if I was not a teacher and wanted to hear someone's ideas about how to talk with students. Broached some good ideas and make me think about how I interact with my swimmers and students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/11/2014

    " I liked the idea of this book better than the book itself. Yes, it matters what teachers say, but kids don't usually respond as ideally as they do in this book. The last chapter was the best because it is an explaining of how all discourse happens in a cultural context. Teachers tend to say helpful things when they create an environment that focuses more on meaning making rather than satisfying the bureaucracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 1/8/2014

    " A book to read and read again as a teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nativida | 12/27/2013

    " excellent read on Teacher Language that can be applied in other areas as well... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/7/2013

    " This book really make you think! I even began to listen to other teachers interacting with students. I think this book would be a great book to distribute across campuses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Henderson | 11/16/2013

    " This book had great insight and some question prompts that I'm going to write down for myself for reading conferences. However, I didn't find the writing cohesive, so I skimmed and scanned the second half of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/10/2013

    " This is a small, but powerful book on the power of the words we use with children. A great study in how our words can promote critical thinking or shut down learning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 11/7/2013

    " Very interesting look at the words we use as teachers when we talk to our students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 10/29/2013

    " We used this as a book study on our campus - it definitely makes you aware of the power of your words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Morrow | 9/6/2013

    " I had to read this book in a class at UT. I loved it! This book is a keeper -- one you would not want to turn in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/7/2013

    " The point of the book: In order to create an evolutionary democratic classroom, you must change your view to change your language that affects your students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/16/2012

    " Great book for pre-service teachers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/29/2012

    " Short and immensely powerful, Johnston's book asks us to think about how our teacher language "positions" learners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shyrlann | 6/10/2012

    " A must read for today's educator! Tis book emphasizes how powerful our words can be, and how important meaningful discourse is in our classrooms and in our culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Johnson | 4/23/2012

    " I found myself skimming this one a lot. I kind of skipped around and focused more on chapters that fit more with my K classroom. And it made me want to re-read my Clay book. I'll probably go back and skim it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/17/2011

    " Another had-to-read but was pretty good. I reccomend it to all educators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Antonetti | 5/6/2011

    " Love this book, the way we speak to kids in the classroom is so important! I read it a couple of years ago, lent it to many and now need to buy a new copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamster | 11/11/2010

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. I've never been so sad to come to the end of a non-fiction book before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/3/2010

    " This book made me re-evaluate the language I use with students and how my non-verbal actions also give messages to the children. It helped me make better choices to convey who I think I am, who I think my students are, and what we are doing in my classroom. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 9/9/2010

    " I should have read this one when I was teaching high school--it would have helped me think more carefully about how I positioned myself as a teacher and my students as learners. Excellent ideas for how to "say" things so that students take more ownership of their own learning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valley Cottage | 8/2/2010

    " SUMMMER READING CLUB: "A must read for all educators (parents, teachers, clergy, etc). We've always heard it's not what you say, but how you say it. This takes it to the teaching point. You'll never speak the same again!" -Ann Owens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 6/27/2010

    " This is not a book I would read if I was not a teacher and wanted to hear someone's ideas about how to talk with students. Broached some good ideas and make me think about how I interact with my swimmers and students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/26/2010

    " This book is a practice changer. I'm giving it to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/3/2010

    " Love this book, the way we speak to kids in the classroom is so important! I read it a couple of years ago, lent it to many and now need to buy a new copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherese | 1/15/2009

    " Great go-to on the impact of our language on our students "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/7/2008

    " Eye opening about how to talk in the classroom. Our choice of language positions students; thus, we should be more conscience of word choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/6/2008

    " We used this as a book study on our campus - it definitely makes you aware of the power of your words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 7/4/2008

    " This book provided me the chance to reflect on the language I use in the classroom. It offers the chance for more student-centered discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 3/17/2008

    " Choice Words shows how teachers accomplish creating intellectual environments that produce not only technically competent students, but also caring, secure, actively literate human beings, using their most powerful tool: language.

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