Today is a “Final Thoughts/What Next?” post to wrap our thoughts up (and around) Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives.
Today’s wrap up/reflections can be found at Carol’s Corner. If you are interested in reading what others had to say about chapters 1-3, please see Cathy Mere’s blog, Reflect and Refine for a roundup there and for a roundup of chapters 4-6, check out Jill Fisch’s blog, My Primary Passion. Laura Komos has a roundup of chapters 7-9 at Our Camp Read A Lot.
I’ve been trying to use the language suggested in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives. Just the other day, my six year old daughter was reading to me. When she made a mistake, she would go back and re-read correcting her mistake. I started to tell her, “I like the way. . .” and stopped myself. As I was struggling to find the right words to praise the process instead of her, she blurted out, “You like the way I re-read.” I had to laugh. Yes, I did and explained that she was using her fix up strategies very well. I didn’t quite get to use the correct language with her. I’m not there . . . yet.
This book has really opened my mind (yes, I used this phrase on purpose) to our use of language with children. I will go back to this book again and again as I work with students (and teachers) this year. I will really need to, it’s just too meaty.
As a result of reading this book, I will add the word yet to my vernacular. I will employ dialogue in classrooms to engage students in civic understanding and moral development. My feedback will sound different. I will work to create dynamic mindsets and try to do away with fixed mindsets. I will use books as “Tools for Growing Minds” to build community through multiple perspectives.
I want to thank Cathy Mere, Jill Fisch, Laura Komos and Carol Wilcox for this amazing cyber PD opportunity. It has been nothing short of fantastic. I was challenged to think beyond my own perspective. For that, I am grateful.
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