The language that we choose to use with kids helps them create worlds—to imagine where they are, who they are, and what they’re supposed to do. Feedback that judges pushes children to think of things as fixed—intelligence, ability, personality. Once they have a sense that those things are fixed and they can’t do anything about them, then we’re sunk.
— Peter Johnston
Last month at the National Reading Recovery conference, Stenhouse authors Peter Johnston and Pat Johnson (Catching Readers Before They Fall, One Child at a Time) chatted about Peter’s new book, Opening Minds. Listen to this excerpt in which Peter discusses the difference between fixed and dynamic frames of learning, and gives examples of how specific language can move kids toward one frame or the other:
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