Opening Minds

  • Title:Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives
  • Author:Peter H. Johnston
  • Publication Date:January 2012
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781571108166
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Sometimes a single word changes everything. In his groundbreaking book Choice Words, Peter Johnston demonstrated how the things teachers say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for the literate lives of students. Now, in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. He explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students' intellectual development, but their development as human beings.

Grounded in research, Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional and moral development. Make no mistake: words have the power to open minds – or close them.


Author Bio

Peter Johnston’s research explores the relationships among classroom talk, engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany.

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