(December 5, 2007)
Johnston's Choice Words Rated #1 by Scholastic
Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter Johnston, a professor in the Reading Department of UAlbany's School of Education, was recently listed as #1 by Scholastic on its list of the best books on education over the past decade. Choice Words was chosen based on the recommendations of a team of top teachers, editors, and experts.
Choice Words suggests that how teachers talk to children is critical to their development as learners. In addition, a study by accomplished literacy teachers notes how what is said in the classroom and what is not said in the classroom impacts children with surprising consequences.
Johnston has worked as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading teacher. In addition, he has published eight books and numerous articles have appeared in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, Elementary School Journal, Reading Teacher, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, and Theory into Practice.