“Language is the essential condition of knowing, the process by which experience becomes knowledge.” Michael Halliday
With my book sharing buddy and colleague, I attended a workshop last Thursday to listen to Peter H. Johnston talk about his latest discoveries about how using language precisely can make huge differences in students' ability to learn and trust, and just feel so comfortable in their skins. It was an exhilarating day of some table talk, but mostly listening to this author of Choice Words and Opening Minds. We spent much of the day enjoying parts of Peter's stories from Opening Minds and our own conversations as we applied the questions and ideas to our individual experiences. I’ll share some of the highlights I thought important. As I re-read this second book, I may add more another time.
Early in the book, Peter writes: “My intention with this book is to offer a basis for choosing more productive talk—how to make the most of these opportunities children offer us.”