Power of Our Words

Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn

Paula Denton


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Item #: 193
Length: 180 pages
ISBN: 978-1-892989-59-8

Learn how teachers can use language—words, tone, and pace—to increase student engagement, build a positive classroom community, and more effectively manage behavior by helping children develop confidence, competence, and self-control.

Since the first edition was published in 2007, thousands of educators have used The Power of Our Words as their guide to getting the most from positive teacher language.

The second edition includes the concise explanations, concrete examples from real classrooms, and quick-scan charts showing recommended language for many classroom situations that made this book a bestseller, and adds:

  • Greater academic focus: More on using teacher language to boost academic engagement and achievement
  • Lighter, more open page design: Easier reading and scanning
  • Inspiring foreword: A powerful vision linking teacher language, Common Core State Standards, and 21st century learning. Read the foreword.
  • Index: Quick help finding the topic you need

The Power of Our Words is the core text in the Teacher Language Professional Development Kit.

Free discussion questions now available! These chapter-by-chapter questions will deepen your learning and help you apply the book’s strategies to your own setting.

When we polled Responsive Classroom teachers, they named The Power of Our Words one of four books every elementary teacher should have.

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