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Words Matter: Teacher Language and Student Learning

Words Matter: Teacher Language and Student Learning

Author: Dr. Susan Glazer
Professor, Coordinator, Reading/Language Arts; Director, Center for Reading and Writing Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2013

Susan Mandel Glazer’s new text, Words Matter, is a refreshingly honest look at how teachers’ (and parents’) less-than-sensitive comments may discourage new learners’ motivation to read and write. Consistent with research and commentary about the importance of teachers’ word choices and discourse routines, Glazer’s theme is supported by reconstructions of classroom interactions and sometimes poignant recollections by past students reflecting their disappointments in some teachers or lauding their successes brought on by teachers who believed in them. (Francine Falk-Ross, Pace University)

Words Matter: Teacher Language and Student Learning offers a unique look at reflection as a means of enhancing teachers’ awareness of the influence their behavior has on student learning. Through a series of real-life scenarios, the author shares her personal growth and understanding of the roles teachers play in helping students have positive experiences in school. The book also serves as a resource to help teachers become more cognizant of their own professional actions and behaviors. (Carrice C. Cummins, Louisiana Tech University; former president, International Reading Association, 2012-2013)

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