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Geared Toward Secondary Teachers
on February 12, 2012
I own the first book written by Doug Lemov: Teach Like a Champion. For those of you that are unfamiliar with it, Mr. Lemov gives teachers 49 strategies that will help students gain the motivation to go to college. His book has gained national attention and the respect of teachers everywhere. Professional Development Days are sometimes built around his book. What would be a better idea than to create a resource to grasp and implement the 49 techniques?
First of all this book reminds you of a workbook. Each technique has its own "chapter" or section. When you go to any of the techniques, you will pretty much find the following format:
1. Overview: summarizes and describes the technique
2. Where Am I Now?: you determine IF you use this technique already and, if so, what level you're at
3. Analyze the Champions: If there is a 'demo' on the DVD of a professional educator, you'll see this section next. If not, it's absent.
4. Expand Your Skills and Repertoire: In this section you take what you are already able to do and, as the section states, expand them. He gives examples.
5. Practice with Study Groups or Partners: This is a great tool IF you are using this book within a study group. If you are reading this on your own, I would suggest doing it anyway.
6. Try __________ in the classroom: _________ is the technique that you're reading about and learning. This is where you get to take what you've been learning and apply it.
7. Troubleshoot: Got some challenges? This will help you.
8. Be Creative: Take the technique and go one step further with it.
9. Sustain your Progress: Using a chart you will keep track of how you are using the technique.
I only gave it 4 stars because it focuses so much on the secondary setting. Elementary school teachers are facing the same challenges as secondary teachers: lack of respect, poor motivation, students using threats, etc.... People outside of the classroom would probably be shocked at the challenges that elementary school teachers face on a daily basis. Years ago these same issues only faced high school teachers. Then it moved down to junior high/middle school teachers. Now it's reached elementary school teachers. For example, I've been covering for a 5th grade teacher who has been out due to surgery (I typically teach 2nd grade). Some of the behaviors I have come across were behaviors I didn't observe until high school when I was growing up. I even had one student mention he was never going to graduate from school-he had plans to quit. This child is not even 12 years old!
If you like workbooks and study guides than you'll like this book. There is a lot of interactive material in it. Keep in mind that there are 49 techniques! If you tried to do a new one per week you wouldn't complete all of them in a school year!
PS: Did I mention that there is a DVD with this book as well?