Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Peter H. Johnston Giveaway

How many of my faithful friends and followers are familiar with Peter H. Johnston?
Peter 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!

"Peter's research and writing spring from his fascination with 

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

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!
Opening Minds
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: 
Knowing Literacy

Running Records

Rti in Literacy: Responsive and Comprehensive

Reading to Learn: Lessons from Exemplary Fourth-Grade Classrooms
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!
Good Luck!


  1. My bloggy friends have become my "go to" resources! Soooo much knowledge! So fun! Thanks!

  2. Hi Julie, Choice Words is a book that I own and reread from time to time. I can't wait to check out Opening Minds! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am so blessed to have found amazing bloggers that offer wisdom, advice, techniques and resources. I do not work on a very collaborative positive team and blogs have been my go-to for support! I have heard about Choice Words before, but I haven't heard of Opening Minds. Fingers crossed :)
    Mrs. Holder’s First Grade

  4. I read Choice Words when I was in the Writing Project several years ago. It really does make you think and reflect on the culture of the classroom. Opening Minds is on my list of books to purchase and read!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for this wonderful give away!

    Granny Goes to School

  6. I think entering the world of blogging has really opened my mind! I get so inspired by my fellow teachers!
    Polka Dot Kinders

  7. I agree in saying that blogging is so inspirational to me and has definitely given me an amazing new insight to my teaching. I'd love to read this book! It sounds so encouraging!

    Love, Live, and Teach

  8. Thank you for your email response. I am so glad that I found your blog. Can't wait to read everything. I would really love to win this book! Heidi

  9. I read Choice Words a long time ago- I need to go back and reread and get the 2nd book! Don't forget you will be featured on my blog Tuesday!
    :) dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

  10. More than any book I have ever read, is probably reading the teaching blogs!

  11. Hi!

    My co-planning teacher has really helped me a lot with opening my mind to new ideas and new concepts! Thanks for the giveaway! And thanks for following my blog! I am now following you as well!

    Sticky Notes & Glitter: A First Grade Adventure!

  12. The teacher who was my first year mentor opened my eyes with so many creative and wonderful ideas. We are still good friends too!

  13. Hey Julie! I love Choice Words. That book is one that I've gone back to a few times to remind myself about some of the types of language to use. One of my favorite things from that book is saying things like "That's not like you" or "I'm surprised..." to emphasize that kids can make better choices and that their other choice is hopefully outside the norm.


  14. I love reading other teacher's blogs for inspiration but I also get re-energized at conferences where I hear so many awesome speakers. Just went to the Michigan reading conference :)

  15. My first grade teacher that I currently teach with always gives me inspiration! You're So Sharp!

  16. Choice Words is absolutely profound. I heard Peter speak a few years ago through the WI State Reading Association and I was on the edge of my seat...his style is calm, unassuming, non-judgmental yet so, so, so powerful. Life-changing, really.

    I have not read Opening Minds so I'm crossing my fingers!!!
    Growing Firsties

    1. I just put it on my Growing Firsties fb page. :) Hugs - Lisa

  17. My co-workers are the most valuable resource I have.

  18. Teacher blogs and online resources have proven to be the most valuable resources I have!

  19. We are reading Choice Words as a Book Study at my school! I'm crossing my fingers!


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