- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393351084
- ISBN-13: 978-0393351088
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Couldn't be better timed…exhilarating.”
- Sara Mosle, The Atlantic
“Moments of educational theater enliven and illuminate the history.”
- Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
“Both a history of the research on effective teaching as well as a consideration of how that research might best be implemented. What emerges is the gaping chasm between what the best teachers do and how we go about evaluating what they’ve done.”
- Sebastian Stockman, New York Times Book Review
“Green has spent years looking at what makes a great teacher―and whether the teachers we remember most fondly were born great or simply learned key skills.”
- Greg Toppo, USA Today
“[S]hould be part of every new teacher's education.”
- Michael S. Roth, The Washington Post
“Elizabeth Green draws upon years of interviews and research as an education writer and CEO of Chalkbeat to make the case for why teaching is a craft and that it can be taught to anyone. Her excellent book should be read for a detailed account of the history of teacher education, an international context, and an entertaining narrative.”
- Jonathan Wai, Psychology Today
“We romanticize teachers, and we vilify them, but we don't do much to help. This beautifully written, defiantly hopeful book points the way to a better future for American teachers and the children they teach.”
- Paul Tough, best-selling author of How Children Succeed
“Elizabeth Green reveals, in cinematic detail, what makes great teaching such a dazzling intellectual challenge―and why it has taken us so unforgivably long to care. A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer.”
- Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World
About the Author
Elizabeth Green is cofounder, CEO, and editor in chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization. A former Spencer Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism, she has written for New York Times Magazine and other publications.
Top customer reviews
It didn't meet my expectations, but that's my own fault. I didn't realize how much research and investigation into teaching I have read over the past few years. Building A+ Better Teacher is a summary of metadata from many different sources about what works and what doesn't.
If you're new to education, or you've just begun reading the research, this book is a concise way to catch up on what has been happening in the education field. If you are up-to-date on your professional reading, this book will be an extra reinforcement of what you already know.
The author, Elizabeth Green covers a good deal of educational history, and focuses a few specific teachers who have made groundbreaking changes, such as Doug Lemov. It's a valuable book, but again, it's a review of the metadata from educational practices and research.
Green's book is largely about the complexity of pedagogy, and the hard work and skills that can only be developed through coaching and serious study of how children learn. My major concern with the book is that she focuses almost exclusively on the work of two teacher educators: Magdeleine Lampert and Deborah Ball, along with some of the work of the best charter school operators. Lampert and Ball are in fact, worthy of showcasing. Their work as teachers, their published work on the art and science of good teaching, and their efforts to transform teacher education in universities (including a deserved shout-out to Judith Lanier for her pioneering efforts in the field) are well deserving of Green's effort to introduce them to the general public and the public debate on how best to improve instruction in American schools. I wish Green had looked for more examples of the good work that is being done in public schools in poor communities here and there in the US.
Green acknowledges that only a small minority of charter schools consistently out-perform their public school counterparts in improving the academic performance of low income students. A larger minority of charter schools are lower than the average public school in their student performance data. All this is to say that there are some high-performing public schools in poor communities, and these schools must have significant numbers of competent, well -performing teachers. I wish Green had tried to tell some of their stories also.