Engaging Literate Minds

  • Title:Engaging Literate Minds: Developing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives, K–3
  • Author:Peter H. Johnston
  • Publication Date:February 2020
  • Grade Level:K-3
  • ISBN:9781625311627
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Using the guiding principles from Peter Johnston’s best-selling professional resources, Choice Words and Opening Minds, Peter and six colleagues began a journey to create just such classrooms—environments in which children meaningfully engage with each other through reading, writing, making, and discussing books.

In Engaging Literate Minds, you’ll discover how these teachers struggled and succeeded in building such classrooms. Inside you’ll find the following:

  • Practical ways to develop a caring learning community and children's socio-emotional competence
  • Powerful teaching practices from real classrooms
  • Engaging ways to encourage inquiry and student agency
  • Suggestions on how to use formative assessment in everyday teaching practices
  • Helpful research behind the classroom practices and children’s development
  • Ways to help students inspire and support each other

Building a just, caring, literate society has never been more important than it is today. By embracing the ideas and teaching strategies in Engaging Literate Minds, you can help children to become socially, emotionally, and intellectually healthy. Not only do these classroom practices develop the skills to achieve district benchmarks and beyond, they help develop children’s humanity.


Author Bio

Peter Johnston’s research explores the relationships among classroom talk, engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany.

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