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A beginner’s guide to Doug Lemov
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Where does he work?
Lemov is an American educator and author. He is currently Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organisation that manages 42 charter schools across New York, New Jersey and Boston. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1989, and gained a masters degree from Harvard Business School in 2004.
What's it all about:
The key to Teach Like a Champion's success is Lemov's simple but effective teaching techniques. The first edition is now out of print, but Teach Like a Champion 2.0 provides the same mix of practical techniques that are engaging and easy to implement. The new book also includes 75 video clips of teachers modelling the techniques in the classroom.
Among Lemov's suggested techniques includes advice on how to create a 'culture of error' in the classroom, so pupils know it is safe to be wrong, and so spend less time worrying about errors and more time fixing them. He also offers advice on how to prevent pupils from opting out of class conversations, and provides ways to turn "I don't know" into a meaningful answer by helping pupils who won't try, or can't succeed, practice working answers out.
What he says:
"There are teachers who without much fanfare take the students who others say "can't"- can't read great literature, can't do algebra or calculus, can't and don't want to learn - and turn them into scholars who can."
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