How many of my faithful friends and followers are familiar with Peter H. Johnston?
I first was introduced to Peter during a graduate course study where I attended a symposium with Peter as the keynote speaker. WOW! His lecture gave me goosebumps! Totally worth the drive up to Michigan to hear him speak and feel the vitality that lingers in his every word.
Now, eleven years later, I am still his biggest fan!
children's learning and, no less, teachers' teaching. Perversely, he
believes that education is not simply about delivering
information to children. He thinks it is more about building a
just, caring society and that doing so will not detract from our
more obviously pragmatic educational goals. In his acclaimed
Stenhouse book, Choice Words, he uses his fascination with the
relationship between language and learning to show how this
works moment to moment in the classroom."
Choice Words had me at HELLO! In under 150 pages, Peter stresses how our language, as teachers, is the most vital instrument to lead our orchestra of learners to a symphony performance in our classrooms!
More recently, he has published and released the companion in the series called Opening Minds. I highly recommend using both of these books as professional development resources for staff in-services OR for classroom teachers, at any grade level, who seek to better themselves by believing their words have Power. Even more so, our words should be CHOICE WORDS used strategically and delicately throughout each and every learning day!
As President of the Toledo Area Council of The International Reading Association, I made sure to select Opening Minds as our focus study for the month of February. Our membership agreed that Peter's message is STRONG and needs to be heard OVER the rhetoric of achievement testing, ongoing assessment and all things common core.
Here are a few more of my favorites from Peter:
To celebrate my admiration and gratitude to a wonderful and brilliant man, I would like to raffle off a copy of Opening Minds to one of my lovely blog followers.
I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me how you are conceptualizing Peter's messages into your daily teachings. Or, just tell me who has OPENED your MIND to something wonderful in the world of education!