Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug LemovAh, the Charter School Camp. The Standardized Tests Are the Thing Camp. The Business/Military Style in Schools Camp. Thats where TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION originates, from a guy named Doug Lemov who is invested in the Uncommon Schools, a group of inner city schools in the northeast that insist on teachers using these techniques. And though the cover says K-12, most all of the examples cited are from elementary classrooms. Ditto the clips on the accompanying DVD. If youre a high school teacher, you might wonder, K-12? Hello! And if you think these techniques will work as well in high school as they do in elementary and middle schools, you might wonder about yourself.
The titles subheading (required goods in most all non-fiction books these days) is 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College. Ill give the book this much: its a toolbox. If youve ever been burnt by buying a professional development book only to find that its 87% theory and 13% practical ideas, this is your book. You might get burnt in OTHER ways, of course, but such is the cruel world.
On to the techniques. Theyre all basic, simple, and mostly obvious. I say that as a veteran teacher but realize that all readers and teachers are NOT veterans. So, is the book worth more of your time if you are a newbie to the profession? I think so. What if youre struggling with classroom management? Again, worth a look-see. If youre a high school teacher? Uh, no.
Overall, the techniques come off as too regimental. The classrooms described leave nothing to chance and even the fun activities are named and timed (stop watches are big here). The important thing, according to Lemov, is time on task. That leads to higher standardized test scores and thus, to college.
Some of his opinions are conservatively old-school, too. He denigrates silent reading in class, for instance, because it is not measurable and some kids may not be reading. But he champions kids reading aloud in class one at a time, something that I find painful to do -- for the students as much as for me, given some of their struggles with the written word.
In short, turn the clock back 30 years and many of the practices then are back here only with names and all manner of window dressing. Still, to be fair, I think young teachers would do well to read and cherry-pick here. Your basket may wind up full, half-full, or empty -- but at least youll see that theres an Old Wave out there to counteract all those new-fangled New Wave things youve been studying in university.
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Teach Like a Champion 2. Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world and often one of the hardest. Excellent teachers continually strive to learn and improve their craft, and no matter how good a teacher is, there's always room for improvement. Teach Like a Champion became a global bestseller because it offered concrete, engaging, easy-to-implement techniques teachers could use to keep their students engaged, focused, and learning. Effective and informative for both new teachers and classroom veterans, Teach Like a Champion 2. The rigor, depth, and applicability of each technique Doug shares immediately allowed me to improve the teaching I do with school leaders, teachers, and kids. TLaC 2.
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