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Peter Johnston

This talk shows how the classroom choices we make, particularly our language choices, influence the qualities of the classroom learning community, and how to make those choices wisely. It shows how the qualities of the learning community we build will impact children's comprehension, their social relationships, their intelligence, and how they handle challenge, adversity, uncertainty and difference.

Opening Minds:

Using language to change lives

Peter Johnston is Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany – State University of New York. His recent research has focused on the consequences of teachers’ classroom talk for the ways children learn and experience themselves and each other, and how engaged reading influences children’s social, emotional, moral and academic development. A member of the International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel and the Reading Hall of Fame, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities. His book Choice Words, was recently awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award by the Literacy Research Association for having “demonstrably and positively influenced literacy teaching in classrooms and districts nationally.” His newest book is Opening Minds. 


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Pat Johnson (Catching Readers Before They Fall) talks with Peter Johnston about fixed performance and dynamic learning, two of the big ideas informing his new book, OPENING MINDS. Reading Recovery 2012 Conference, Columbus OH.



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Peter Johnston talks about how teachers are afraid of making mistakes.




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