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Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (K-12) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470550473
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Teach Like a Champion

"Doug Lemov knows that teachers can create powerful learning environments that will help all students make dramatic progress. With Teach Like A Champion, teachers across the country will be better prepared to wake up on Monday morning and help their students climb the mountain to college.  This book provides more evidence that highly effective teaching is learnable—that many more teachers can draw from the tactics of their most successful colleagues in order to realize educational equity." -WENDY KOPP, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America

"Every teacher should own at least two copies of Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion. One for home and one for school, so that they are never far from the roadmap to excellence that lies within. Lemov pulls back the curtain to reveal that the apparent wizardry of the most successful teachers is really a collection of clearly explainable and learnable techniques. This will certainly be one of the most influential and helpful books that any teacher ever owns."-DAVID LEVIN, co-founder of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)

 "Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion is a breakthrough book that is both visionary and comprehensive. If you are a teacher who wants to increase the academic success of your students, you should read this book. If you are an administrator with the same goal, you must get this book into the hands of your teachers!" –LEE CANTER, author of Assertive Discipline

 "Doug Lemov has captured in one place the specific, practical techniques used by the best teachers in some of our country’s best urban schools. Any teacher, principal, or policymaker who is interested in what it takes on a classroom level to close the achievement gap should read this book." –DACIA TOLL, co-chief executive officer of Achievement First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470550473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470550472
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

From the Publisher

Guide Type Handbook/Overview Handbook/Overview Workbook
Audience Level Beginner Beginner Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced
Number of Pages 504 352 480
Author(s) Doug Lemov Doug Lemov Doug Lemov
Print Edition 1118901851 0470550473 1118901851
Publication Date 1/7/2015 4/6/2010 1/3/2012
Edition 2nd 1st 1st
Description 2.0. Revised, updated and expanded edition of the original. Designed to replace and improve upon it. The original version of the book, groundbreaking but subsequently improved upon by the author. No longer in print. Aligns with the original edition. Implement, customize, and master the techniques with self-assessment, partnering, troubleshooting. Includes 30 video clips.

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I bought TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION despite its admittedly cheesy title and without knowing that it was featured by the NY TIMES (which I gather from a sampling of other reviews). Before finishing Doug Lemov's introduction, I realized I was reading a book from "the charter camp" or the "standardized tests slash data is everything" camp. OK. Not having a closed mind (last I checked), I took a deep breath and dove in. Coming out the other end of the rabbit hole, I see that Lemov's Wonderland is not for everybody, but there's something in it for everybody. I said someTHING (or things). Others may find it far too elementary (literally -- given the age groups covered -- and figuratively). And though all of Lemov's teachers and examples come from private and charter schools and most of them are from the Uncommon Schools he himself is a part of, public school teachers can glean something from this mixed bag, too.

Let's start with the good: TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION is a practical book with strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom. You can use all, some, or a few if you wish. Why do I mention this first? Many teachers who invest in professional development books complain that their purchases are too much on theory and not enough on practical ideas. That won't be the case here. Satisfied?

Next: this is about as basic a nuts and bolts text as you can buy. Lemov names things experienced teachers might not even bother to, such as "No Opt Out" (meaning: it's bad to let a kid say, "I don't know") and "Right Is Right" (meaning: you have to answer the question fully and accurately). Still, what looks obvious to teachers already in the trenches might not be to newbies and interested parents.
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You simply won't find a more usable, clear-headed break down of the moves that great teachers use everyday to drive academic achievement in schools that serve low-income kids. I've been training and coaching teachers for the past 10 years, and there's nothing out there that holds a candle to Doug Lemov's work. The key is that Lemov's stuff is highly observable and practiceable. As a teacher or a teacher coach, you can put your finger on specific actions that were or were not taken -- and then you can practice those actions -- literally out loud, in the mirror, with a partner -- to make measurable improvements in the next lesson you teach. Most teacher education deals in the realm of the abstract or the long-term. Lemov's material has tremendous long-term benefits and a powerful, cohesive philosophical underpinning -- just like some of the things you learn in a traditional Ed School setting. But he makes these abstract ideas actionable and repeatable. And it's the combination of "get better now" while working toward a long-term vision of great teaching that makes this book absolutely indispensible. Essential.
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I am not sure where to begin, as I feel like the cliché David attacking Goliath. Although I believe that my lone voice may not cause much of an effect, I feel an obligation to level my criticism towards this book.
First, I will show you the weaknesses conceptually and then I will give my personal experience as a teacher to back it up. The main problem of this book is very simple, it lacks generalizability. This means you can not take the words from this situation and then inductively assume that it follows these are "49 techniques that put students on the path to college." It is very pathetic, sad and disappointing that thousands of college-educated adults (student teachers and teacher) could not see this. This line of "research" is known as process-product research, and it basically looks back from a result (student achievement) to the techniques that teachers performed in their classrooms. Even in the most well-designed, objective studies conducted by actual scientists and researchers they are the first to acknowledge that their results in those PARTICULAR classrooms may not transfer to ALL teachers everywhere.
However, Lemov (A Harvard Business school MBA) can not see, or more likely purposefully deceives his readers, of this fact. But Lemov actually takes this problem of generalizability to an extreme, nearly absurd, level. Because he chooses a very specific context, a network of charter schools in North East Cities with a high African-American population, and then generalizes his "findings" (which have no transparent method or discussion of results or data for the reader to review) to ALL teachers, ALL students and ALL classrooms his ideas lack any thing resembling generalizability. This is nonsense!
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Some of the techniques in this book are good, and I have incorporated them into my teaching. However for someone in the public school system this book provides little help, especially if your teaching in a high school. This book ought to be titled "How to Micro-Manage your Students and Classroom." The introduction is just way over the top. Mr. Lemov's primary goal in my opinion treats students like worker-bees and the teacher as a task-master. I believe that if you use every given second to teach, you and your students miss out on those moments when you get to learn more about your students and they get to learn more about you. Students who are in essence children do need time to breathe, and not just work till the last minute. If you really want to read this book, buy it used or see if your public library has it.
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