Opening Minds

Using Language to Change Lives

Author: Peter H. Johnston

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571108165

Category: Education

Page: 152

View: 7698

"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 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 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.

Clean Language

Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds

Author: Wendy Sullivan,Judy Rees

Publisher: Crown House Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781845901257

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 211

View: 6047

Teaches you a way to communicate which gets to the heart of things. By asking Clean Language questions to explore the metaphors which underpin a person's thinking, this book lets you help people to change their lives in a way that intrinsically respects diversity and supports empowerment.

Choice Words

How Our Language Affects Children's Learning

Author: Peter H. Johnston

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571103899

Category: Education

Page: 106

View: 4132

Describes how elementary teachers can build healthy learning communities through language, providing examples of words, phrases, and language use to help students become strategic thinkers and develop literacy skills.

Using Discourse Analysis to Improve Classroom Interaction

Author: Lesley A. Rex,Laura Schiller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135966788

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 7655

This accessible 'how to' text is about classroom interaction – how to study it and how to use that knowledge to improve teaching and learning. Actually showing what critical, constructionist, sociocultural perspectives on teaching, learning, and schooling are and what they can do, it makes discourse analysis understandable and useful to teachers and other nonlinguists. Using Discourse Analysis to Improve Classroom Interaction: offers teachers the powerful tools of discourse analysis as a way of understanding the complex dynamics of human interaction that constitute effective, equitable teaching and learning guides readers step-by-step through how to build their interactional awareness to improve their teaching includes 'Try It Out' exercises to engage readers in learning how to respond to the social dynamics of their classrooms for the purpose of improving classroom interaction. Proceeding from simple illustrations to more complex layering of analytical concepts, short segments of talk, transcribed to highlight important points, are used to explain and illustrate the concepts. By the time readers get to the complicated issues addressed in this text they are ready to deal with some of teaching’s toughest challenges, and have the tools to build positive relationships among their students so that all can participate equally in the classroom.

Teaching for Joy and Justice

Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom

Author: Linda Christensen

Publisher: Rethinking Schools

ISBN: 0942961439

Category: Education

Page: 287

View: 6122

Presents a collection of essays and practical advice, including lesson plans and activities, to promote writing in all aspects of the curriculum.

Exploring Talk in School

Inspired by the Work of Douglas Barnes

Author: Neil Mercer,Steve Hodgkinson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 144620572X

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 5703

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine, January 2010 Classroom talk, by which children make sense of what their peers and teachers mean, is the most important educational tool for guiding the development of understanding and for jointly constructing knowledge. So what practical steps can teachers take to develop effective classroom interaction? Bringing together leading international researchers and drawing on the pioneering work of Douglas Barnes, this book considers ways of improving classroom talk. Chapters cover: - classroom communication and managing social relations; - talk in science classrooms; - using critical conversations in studying literature; - exploratory talk and thinking skills; - talking to learn and learning to talk in the mathematics classroom; - the 'emerging pedagogy' of the spoken word. With an accessible blend of theory, research and practice, the book will be a valuable resource for teachers, teacher-trainers, policy makers, researchers and students.

Writing a Life

Teaching Memoir to Sharpen Insight, Shape Meaning-- and Triumph Over Tests

Author: Katherine Bomer

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 209

View: 9479

Grades 3-8 In Writing a Life, Katherine Bomer presents classroom-tested strategies for tapping memoir's power, including ways to help kids generate ideas to write about, elaborate on and make meaning from their memories, and learn craft from published memoirs. She describes dozens of ideas for minilessons, teacher--student conferences, peer conferences, writing activities, prompts, and revision strategies. She then crosses the literacy spectrum to show how studying mentor memoirs can enrich students' reading by building strong reading-writing connections.

Knowing Literacy

Constructive Literacy Assessment

Author: Peter H. Johnston

Publisher: Stenhouse Pub

ISBN: 9781571100085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

View: 6073

American children are the most tested in the world, and the poor and the less competent are the most tested of all. We keep trying to improve literacy learning by developing new tests with better technical characteristics. But, as we shall see, all of this testing has had, if anything, the opposite effect. Our error has been in approaching the matter as if it were merely a technical problem—as if it were possible, even desirable, to exclude human judgment and values from the assessment process, and as if it were reasonable to treat children as psychological objects. Assessment is a profoundly human, social phenomenon, thoroughly value-laden, and it cannot be otherwise. And in order to draw valid conclusions about a child's learning, a teacher must understand how learning takes place. The very complexity of this is in knowing the available assessment options and understanding their consequences. In Knowing LiteracyPeter Johnston sets forth the theoretical basis for today's assessment practices in the context of contemporary literacy learning theory. This comprehensive text will equip teachers with the knowledge and techniques to assess in ways that help their students develop a more thoughtful literacy. Part One describes the social and educational basis of literacy assessment, and develops an understanding of the knowledge required for accurate assessment, including the connections between a teacher's assessment practices and students' self-assessments. Part Two explores the personal, social, and intellectual nature of literacy and its development-what characteristics to notice and document and what they mean. Part Three illustrates methods of documenting that development in ways that will contribute to the growth of a democratic literacy. These chapters offer examples of checklists, report cards, portfolios, and observation forms, and discuss their possibilities and implications. Two chapters, co-authored with Marie Clay, are accompanied by a CD of children reading. These chapters and the tape show you step-by-step how to make and interpret running records of children's oral reading. Part Four is intended to change the ways we talk about children's literacy development. It provides ways to engage various members of the school community in productive conversations about literate teaching and learning. The final chapter helps us understand how to keep track of literate development without losing our way and forgetting the point of literacy learning.

Are You Prepared to Teach Reading?

A Practical Tool for Self-assessment

Author: James Zarrillo

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780132220514

Category: Education

Page: 147

View: 4342

Are You Prepared to Teach Reading? will help students prepare for state certification examinations on reading instruction and self-regulate their own learning about teaching reading. This book has been adapted from the RICA supplement, a test-prep booklet created for students in the California teacher prep program who must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment. Chapters in the book provide brief reviews of the components of reading instruction. Added to this national version of the book are discussions addressing fluency and English Language Learners. Case studies and thoughtful, diverse multicultural classroom scenarios allow readers to assess themselves with multiple choice decision-making questions, asking what readers know about reading practice. The book will be useful for all students who want to self-assess their fundamental knowledge of reading instruction, adequately prepare for their own state reading certification exams, or assess their core knowledge of literacy instruction if they are engaged in alternative certification programs.

It's Not a Bird Yet

The Drama of Drawing

Author: Ursula Kolbe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780975772201

Category: Education

Page: 120

View: 1731

Reveals how young children use drawing to play with ideas. Through engaging anecdotes, Ursula Kolbe gives insight into the rich possibilities of drawing, and celebrates it as a powerful fool for thinking and imagining. This book includes many practical suggestions.

Beyond the Classroom

Author: Laurence Steinberg,Benson Bradford Brown,Sanford M. Dornbusch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684835754

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 2079

Offers specific ideas for improving the nation's schools

Making Literacy Real

Theories and Practices for Learning and Teaching

Author: Joanne Larson,Jackie Marsh

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473911419

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 984

Offering an overview of the major fields in literacy studies, this book presents a detailed and accessible discussion of key theories and their relevance in the primary classroom. Each chapter uses a real life case study to explore the application of theory in practice, followed by a detailed discussion of the case study material by a leading name in the field, including contributions from Barbara Comber, Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear, Gunther Kress, Brian Street, Kevin Leander and Patricia Enciso. The text also offers reflections on theoretical foundations for research, exploring literacy as a practice grounded in social, cultural, historical and political contexts and in relationships of power. This second edition includes: New chapters covering digital literacy, space and play, and multimodality Examples and contributions from a range of international contexts, including US, UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa Further reading links. Essential reading for students at undergraduate and post-graduate level on primary education courses and an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to understand literacy theory and successfully apply this to the classroom.

Teaching with Intention

Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

Author: Debbie Miller

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571103872

Category: Education

Page: 149

View: 9312

Offers advice for teachers on defining their own principles and values and applying them to teaching practices, covering such topics as classroom set up, lesson plans, and assessments.

Reading with Meaning

Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades

Author: Debbie Miller

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571109552

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 3186

In the second edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller shares her new thinking about comprehension strategy instruction, the gradual release of responsibility instructional model, and planning for student engagement and independence. It has been ten years since the first edition, in which Debbie chronicled a year in her own classroom. Reading with Meaning, Second Edition supports that work and expands her vision of strategy instruction and intentional teaching and learning. Debbie believes that every child deserves at least a full year of growth during each classroom year and offers planning documents with matching assessments to ensure that no child falls through the cracks. The second edition also provides new book recommendations that will engage and delight students, and current picture books for reading aloud and strategy instruction. This new edition reflects Debbie's professional experiences and judgment, her work in classrooms and collaboration with colleagues, and the current research in the field, showcasing her newest, best thinking.

Opening Minds

The Secret World of Manipulation, Undue Influence and Brainwashing

Author: Jon Atack

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997109634

Category: Psychology

Page: 238

View: 8528

We live in an age where unethical persuasion is applied every day, to subvert reasoning through direct appeals to one's emotions. Manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing, or whatever one chooses to call it, challenges the very notion of human rights. This book shows how the mind is cajoled into submitting to unethical, external influence.

What Did I Write?

Author: Marie M. Clay

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 78

View: 689

Grade level: 1, 2, 3, k, e, p, t.

Open Minds (Mindjack: Kira Book One)

Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

View: 7820

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her. MINDJACK: KIRA Open Minds (Book 1) Closed Hearts (Book 2) Free Souls (Book 3) Mindjack Short Story Collection (Book 4) MINDJACK: ZEPH Locked Tight (Book 1) Cracked Open (Book 2) Broken Wide (Book 3) The Locksmith (Book 4) FORMATS AND TRANSLATIONS Mindjack available in ebook, print, audiobook, French and German LIVE ACTION TRAILER Voted Best Trailer at the 2014 Illinois International Film Festival and one of 50 Most Cinematic Trailers Ever Made – check it out at Susan’s website. KEYWORDS: young adult science fiction, young adult dystopian, teen science fiction, cyberpunk, action and adventure, genetic engineering, post-apocalyptic, metaphysical and visionary, young adult free books, young adult science fiction, young adult books free, dystopian books free, dystopian novels free, science fiction free

Classroom Reading Assessments

More Efficient Ways to View and Evaluate Your Readers

Author: Frank Serafini,Robert J. Tierney

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325027128

Category: Education

Page: 157

View: 2195

Intended for teachers frustrated by test-driven assessments that merely mimic real reading behaviors, this text focuses assessment on knowing individual students so that teaching addresses their individual strengths and needs.

How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525558942

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 480

View: 8959

The #1 New York Times bestseller. A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.