Inviting Students to Learn: 100 Tips for Talking Effectively with Your Students

Inviting Students to Learn: 100 Tips for Talking Effectively with Your Students

Inviting Students to Learn: 100 Tips for Talking Effectively with Your Students

Inviting Students to Learn: 100 Tips for Talking Effectively with Your Students


We can all remember how great we felt when our favorite teacher praised us for a job well done or a good instructor encouraged us during a tough assignment. We were eager to go the extra mile for these teachers because we knew they believed in us and supported our success. In Inviting Students to Learn, Jenny Edwards shows us how to re-create that same enthusiasm with our own students by choosing our words carefully and creating learning environments that motivate students to be eager to learn and ready to succeed.

Edwards provides 100 practical tips for making subtle yet powerful changes in our conversations with students--from how we ask students to do something as simple as turning in their homework on time to how we inspire them to set big goals for the entire school year. Edwards provides suggestions that will help us

• Build relationships with your students

• Teach more effectively

• Help students plan for the future

• Respond effectively to students' objections

• Encourage students

• Influence students

• Resolve conflicts

Inviting Students to Learn also contains tips for interacting with parents, reaching out to diverse student groups, and using technology to efficiently communicate with students.

Edwards shows us that as we begin to shift our everyday conversations with students, we can boost their self-esteem, improve their knowledge, and increase their desire and willingness to work successfully toward their goals.


For innumerable reasons, Inviting Students to Learn is an amazing book written for anyone who works with learners—at any age and at any level. One of the most remarkable capacities of human beings, particularly young ones, is their capacity to learn language. Children at only 18 months can already distinguish between “take this to Daddy” and “bring that to Grandpa.” They learn to decode the syntax of the language they hear and act accordingly.

The language children hear during their formative years has such a powerful impact on their lives. It affects their self-esteem, their trust of others, their thinking capacities, their emotional wellbeing, their sense of efficacy, their positive or negative attitudes, and their autonomy, among other things. Jenny Edwards’s vast array of practical suggestions takes advantage of that fact. She notes that through interactions with responsive, respectful adults, children learn to imitate and then internalize valued social, physical, cognitive, and ethical behaviors.

Children produce and generate language that is both a product of their environment and an imitation of the language that they have heard and interpreted from others. Language is a reflection of people’s view of themselves, their styles and beliefs, their perceptions of the world, and their own thinking. Language refinement plays a . . .

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