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Opening Minds Using Language to Change Lives Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying Let s see how many words you know is different from saying Let s see how many words you know already It is only one word but the already suggests

  • Title: Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives
  • Author: Peter H. Johnston
  • ISBN: 9781571108166
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives By Peter H. Johnston, Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, Let s see how many words you know, is different from saying, Let s see how many words you know already It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known Peter JohnstonSometim Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, Let s see how many words you know, is different from saying, Let s see how many words you know already It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known Peter JohnstonSometimes 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 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.

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    1. Children who have a fixed ability mindset believe they are not capable of change If they can t do something right away, they think they aren t good at it If it comes easy, they think it s because they are smart or good at it.We want children to understand that effort leads to change We can teach them this by pointing out their progress so that they can begin to notice how they have changed We can also reassure them of changes that will happen and where they can expect to be in the future.When we [...]

    2. Another amazing book about the language we use with children by Peter Johnston When I read Choice Words, I could see clearly the messages my language gave to the children I worked with I have gone back to that book over and over in the last several years It has been one of the most powerful professional books I ve read In this new book, Johnston adds layers to what he understands about the language we use with children and how it impacts them beyond the walls of the classroom A very powerful r [...]

    3. I would love to have lunch with Peter Johnston and just pick his brain He is brilliant I loved this book possibly than Choice Wordswhich is hard

    4. As a high school teacher I was worried that the target audience elementary school through 8th grade might make this book a non starter for me However, I found that the book provided a number of powerful ideas that I can take into my secondary classroom It is true that I found myself wishing through the book that my students would come to me with a foundation of dialogic learning in their earlier years it can be very difficult to shift a mindset of a teenage or adult student That doesn t mean tha [...]

    5. As a sequel to the first book Choice Words, I thought this book gave educators, parents, and coaches wonderful examples of why it is important to choose your words carefully around children Having a background in psychology was helpful for this book, as there were a lot of studies that were passed off as reliable but really needed evidence to support them I think that with research and the teachers that read the material presented by Johnston, there will be supporting evidence and informatio [...]

    6. This book really changed the way I give students feedback Overall, Johnston critiques the U.S focus on standardized testing We have only taken seriously children s academic success and that only in the narrowest terms and largely for its economic benefit also with the narrowest vision The primary tool for reform has increased pressure towards performance goals teach to get better test scores or be punished 113 He explores classroom practices that promote a just democracy by teaching the whole ch [...]

    7. Read and reflected with an amazing group cyberPD Much to think about the power of language we use in the classroom and at home It s a book that I will read again to continue to open my mind to changing the opportunities and beliefs that my students have in and out of the classroom A great read minus the research info , but loved the classroom narratives The continued discussions via blogging and Twitter deepened my understanding, and also left me with much to continue to think about as well.

    8. This is the third time I have read this book The first time, I read it to revisit the author s advice about language in the classroom from Choice Words The second time, I read it to better understand how our language can actually change students lives This time, I read it to better understand critical literacy Each time, it it like I am reading it for the first time because I am viewing the text with a new lens.What will I gain from this text when I read it the fourth time I realize that the boo [...]

    9. Absolutely stunning research and commentary on using language and equipping students with a mindset for life Every teacher should own this book It is a fantastic reminder of how all the little things add up and make a world of difference in our society This will be one I will keep near me at all times this school year for reflective practice and growth.

    10. WOW What a powerful 125 pages I highly recommend this book to anyone who teaches or parents or values democratic society Johnston makes a compelling argument about the power of the way we talk to one another and the importance of thinking about not only what we say but how we say it A must read as far as I m concerned.

    11. This was one of the best educational theory books I have read in a while Changed my complete outlook on how my language in the classroom can affect students I even was privileged enough to hear Dr.Johnston speak in person I cannot recommend how important the work in this book truly is Absolutely fantastic Ill be reading his previous book Choice Words next.

    12. The author shows how words can shape students learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional, and moral development All teachers and parents should READ this book, it will change your views Check it out I have a link where you can read it for FREE, just e mail me back

    13. A great reminder of the power teacher language can have to either open up a growth mindset or perpetuate a fixed mind set in students as they view both other people and their own potential to learn, grow, and change.

    14. This book doesn t have much new information to offer if you ve ever read about or been trained in growth mindset It s also severely lacking in practical ways to achieve these goals in one s classroom, and the examples focus far too much on primary grades, which I didn t find entirely useful as a middle school teacher What I took away was this Give my students a voice Help students focus less on me as the teacher and on themselves by encouraging different opinions and reflections while discourag [...]

    15. This book has already had an effect on some of what I do or aspire to do in the classroom And I ve brought it into a lot of conversations.Highlights how fixed frame affects perceptions of stereotypes and perception of others , the research on cooperative learning and humans as social beings, the importance of moral development, knowledge as a fixed body vs a body of multiple perspectives

    16. I read this for one of my education classes and really enjoyed it It has a lot of ideas about the language used as a teacher to make a better, inviting classroom community.

    17. I appreciate the theory, but there was simply too much mumbling over the same stuff It sends my head spinning Very pitiful amount of practical advice Good for raising awareness I suppose.

    18. Excellent book customer review Peter Johnston has made a career researching and articulately presenting insights into how to help children grow as readers and develop intellectual curiosity In Opening Minds he focuses on how the words and state of mind we inhabit can make a real difference in the classroom For instance, when introducing a spelling test, he asks that we observe the difference between saying, Let s see how many words you know and Let s see how many words you already know The sente [...]

    19. As a followup to Choice Words, Opening Minds continues the power of our words One main point in Opening Minds is the use of the word yet which can leave the door open to learning with the knowledge that the opportunity is there One example PJ uses to show the power of our words is a teacher asking her colleagues for advice on cooking a wild turkey her husband had hit with his car Once someone noted that the bird was roadkill, the teacher could not bring herself to eat it even after spending time [...]

    20. In this relatively slim volume, Johnston includes a wealth of ideas and techniques for teaching literacy and language skills in a just, compassionate and socially responsible manner He focuses on dialogic instruction specifically on the language we use when we speak to and with students and the value of using a dynamic learning frame that emphasizes every student s ability to learn, grow, and develop not only cognitively and intellectually but also emotionally and socially.Johnston is intereste [...]

    21. Johnston s book, which focuses on the implementation of Carol Dweck s work see Mindset in schools, supports the idea that children learn best with the mindset that they can learn They need teachers who consciously engender this approach in all aspects of teaching, who encourage and develop the verbal language and skills of thinking and learning every day Johnston s book is based on case studies he conducted with real teachers and students, providing a concrete understanding of what this approach [...]

    22. I am increasingly convinced that the hardest layer of instruction is the improvement of the language interaction patterns we use with our students As I watch my students teach, the use of global praise, the infrequent of use of how and why probes to reveal thinking, the focus on accuracy and right answers versus problem solving are all common situations Opening Mind updates work in Choice Words especially in light of Dweck s models of static and dynamic intellect I wish I could tlak with my stud [...]

    23. Peter H Johnston 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 productive talk and to create classrooms that [...]

    24. Even though I put myself in a position where I had to read this book during finals week in my Ohio State grad program and I should ve skimmed over it and picked out some key ideas, I couldn t Every bit of this book was so good that, once I began, I couldn t put it down The research studies, the transcripts of classroom discussions, the breakdown of information, it s all so good Like others have said in their reviews, even though I m teaching 12th graders well student teaching , 100% of this info [...]

    25. Finished reading this for the second time, but this reading was with a group, a satisfying series of conversations What a marvelous book to enhance learning about being a better teacher, and even learning about working with anyone There is research that backs so many concepts that aren t exactly supported in some classrooms today, like choice for and empowerment of students One of many favorite lines Our main advantage as human beings lies in our ability to think together Much of value here in t [...]

    26. Johnston provides example after example of how and why we need to step back and let children talk how we need to provide opportunities for children to question each other and to have their ideas challenged in order to become open minded He also stresses how those with a fixed mind set will struggle not only with academics but with social relationships all through life He provides example after example of how this mind set can be changed.An extremely powerful resource that I wish all educators w [...]

    27. A great book and a must read for teachers and parents Filled with practical examples and tips that illustrate the principles that it is advocating Language is very powerful and it definitely shapes thoughts and behaviours And as the role models in our children s both students and our own bloodline life, we need to understand how what we say and how we say something impact our children Available as both a hardcopy and ebook Very readable even if one has to read it in chunks.

    28. Wow What an amazingly powerful book for educators and parents The author builds on his work in Choice Words to show the importance of the language we use and the mindset in which we immerse kids This is a book that should be read and discussed by teachers so that they can collaboratively change the environment in their individual school Parents will gain insight in how to approach discipline and develop strong character in their families.

    29. I shared chapters 12 with my undergraduates this semester and many of them were able to make connections to previous readings about culture and language They noted the book as a preferred text from this semester Half the class read this text and the other read his other text then they combined their understanding Certainly it aligns with his work on non fixed understandings of children s learning.

    30. There were some good ideas here, many of them excellent ways that teachers can word questions to engage students in meaningful dialogue instead of just parroting back the correct answer I feel I will actually use this information in my classroom There were some places where I feel the author went too far This reader got the impression he was saying there are never correct incorrect answers, and no absolutes, or true learning isn t taking place I did not agree with him there.

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