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23 April 2010 0470550473 978-0470550472 1
Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom. These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day. Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice. Among the techniques: Technique #1: No Opt Out. How to move students from the blank stare or stubborn shrug to giving the right answer every time. Technique #35: Do It Again. When students fail to successfully complete a basic task—from entering the classroom quietly to passing papers around—doing it again, doing it right, and doing it perfectly, results in the best consequences. Technique #38: No Warnings. If you′re angry with your students, it usually means you should be angry with yourself. This technique shows how to effectively address misbehaviors in your classroom. The print version  includes a DVD of 25 video clips of teachers demonstrating the techniques in the classroom. E–book customers: please note that details on how to access the content from the DVD may be found in the e–book Table of Contents. Please see the section: "How to Access DVD Contents" 

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (23 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470550473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470550472
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If school districts are going to demand so much of teachers, then the least superintendents and schools of education can provide is basic tools. There is more power in effective training than there could ever be in threats." ( Boston Globe , March 23, 2010)

′Lemov talks of teachers as "artisans" using a range of techniques to take learning to another level.′ (Times Educational Supplement, 26th May). ′Teachers who use this book will not be disappointed– it will assist them to become masters of their craft’ .  (The Business of Teaching, November 2011). 


Praise for 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrible title, great book 21 Aug 2010
This has to be one of the most cheesy book titles ever (I keep having to tell people 'just wait a minute', once I've told them what it is called), but once you get past that, the contents are great.

Some of the techniques included seem blindingly obvious, some seem initially counter-intuitive, but each technique is clearly explained in terms of what it is trying to achieve, how it works and how to avoid it going wrong. Even the 'obvious' techniques are helpful to read up on, as they reasoning behind them is explained thoroughly. There are plenty of examples of how to put each technique into practice (even if some of the examples, particularly the baseball analogies, will need a bit of cultural adjustment before sharing with British kids).

I'd recommend this for anyone in teaching, whether just starting out, or wanting to brush up a few ideas.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 Valuable Techniques Described and Portrayed 2 Jun 2010
"The end of a thing is better than its beginning;" -- Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NKJV)

Imagine if a new teacher could grasp the most sophisticated methods of those who are masters of helping youngsters succeed. Wouldn't that be great? Instead of having lots of youngsters discouraged, misbehaving, and dropping out, every student could be engaged. What a delight for everyone!

Not realizing that this book is aimed at K-12 teachers, I ordered the book hoping to gain some insights into how I could improve as an adult education instructor. Like many such people, I have never taken an education course and never expected to have a classroom to lead. Although parts of what is described aren't appropriate for adults, I was impressed to see how many of the techniques would allow me to accomplish more, the students to be more engaged, and more learning to take place. I dearly wish I had read this book ten years ago!

If you know a young teacher (or an older one who wants to improve), this book would make a great gift. With it, a teacher can check her or his methods to see how they stack up with other ways to accomplish the same or similar tasks. The DVD is a great blessing for turning the concepts into live examples. I don't know of another book that provides so much hands-on, best practice advice for the kinds of challenges that all classroom teachers encounter.

I liked the book so much that I intend to use it as a model for some of my future books for instructing people in advanced practices of all sorts. Don't miss it!

Doug Lemov has a nice style of explaining how a technique can go wrong . . . as well as explaining how to make it go right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and bearable in terms of tone 25 April 2011
By Joe
This book is clearly oriented around providing students with a rigours collage prep education and closing the much discussed 'achievement gap.' I have tried many of the techniques and found that they have improved my teaching and provided me with areas for development that I believe are meaningful.

The tone of the books is consistent with the title but this is easily bearable when its insights give optimism about what can be achieved in the english education system. The US charter schools in which these techniques have developed appear to be transforming the life chances of the students they serve. As a teacher who is attempting to tackle educational disadvantage I will continue to use these techniques and to reflect on their value.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for every teacher 27 Dec 2010
What this book gives you is absolutely essential to your career as a teacher. Having been trained as a teacher and having worked as a teacher for more than ten years, I still come away from reading this book with many new insights into teaching techniques. The author gives you 49 techniques (and then some), well explained and many of them demonstrated on film clips as well. This is not a theoretic work. Its focus is on clear techniques that you can practise and bring into your classroom. Many of them are directly related to classroom management, but some focus on areas such as planning as well.

The strength of the book lies in how Lemow demonstrates and shows you how to apply the techniques. Almost every one of them has detailed examples and explanations as to how you should implement them yourself, giving examples both of what to do and what not to do. Additionally, having access to film clips makes it easier to understand the techniques. Seeing something in action is gold.

The one quibble I have with the book is how the author attacks reading strategies. I don't quite understand the reasoning for doing so. Perhaps it has to do with giving too much responsibility to individual learners? Another thing is that the author's presentation of "reading strategies" is rather restricted and doesn't give the complete picture. Moreover, I don't see why it should be necessary to criticize reading strategies as such. It stands out so much that you start to wonder why nothing else comes under the author's scrutiny to the same degree. Why reading strategies and not general learning strategies? What's more, I start to wonder why you don't see the techniques he focuses on under the same kind of scrutiny. All in all this is still minor criticism, as it regards one part of a chapter not having to do with the actual techniques discussed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Champion!
Good book but took a while to arrive and is a bit tattier than I was expecting.
Published 19 days ago by Joanne
2.0 out of 5 stars Over simplified education
Some great techniques for the experienced teacher. However over simplifies the complexity of teaching by giving you a taxonomy of skills in a 'teaching is as simple as' style.
Published 3 months ago by JH
1.0 out of 5 stars Dvd link won't work
The book is great but can't see the dvd contents that you are supposed to have easy access to online. Tried to contact the publisher sevreal times and received no answer from them.
Published 4 months ago by Elisa García Peinado
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading
This book is phenomenal. It is full of techniques that will transform your own approach to teaching and make you think about your existing methods that can be refined. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. A. Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant set of ideas for any teacher
This is simply a masterclass of outstanding ideas to improve your teaching. I tried out the first 4 tips the day afrer reading the book and they transformed the lesson (and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ROBERT JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for new teachers
I got the title of this book from the TV programme currently running on BBC3 and thought would be good to have a copy as I am training to be a teacher. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Honeybun
1.0 out of 5 stars Price lowered - what a rip off
I put this item in my inbox at the price of £13.99.
Came back today to buy it; they've raised the price to £17.98. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical advice
I have just discovered this, and will be recommending as essential reading for all our trainee teachers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by V Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Headteacher loves it!
Well written, with easy to pick out headers - given to all teaching staff to pick out their favourite techniques.
Published 12 months ago by L. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book
When you do buy it make sure you stick with it and get to the end. The work on literacy gets a bit detailed but it makes so much sense. Read more
Published 12 months ago by peterbbb
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