Power of Our Words

Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn, 2nd Edition
Paula Denton, EdD
Power of Our Words, 2nd Edition

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. See also the companion DVD to this book, Teacher Language in a Responsive Classroom.

Praise for the 1st edition:

"This book is filled with stories and examples for using words effectively to deal with just about every challenging situation you can think of. It is a wonderful guide for teachers on how their choice of words and tone of voice can make the difference between encouragement and discouragement for children."        
—Jane Nelsen, EdD, author and co-author of the Positive Discipline series of books

"The Power of Our Words changed not only my teaching practice but also my parenting and every personal relationship I have. This should be required reading."   
—Cameron Radke, 5th & 6th grade teacher

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

Paperback, 192 pages


Quantity discounts: 5–49 copies: $20.40 ea; 50+ copies: $19.20 ea

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