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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: 17.9 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,460 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)

′Lemovtalks of teachers as "artisans" using a range of techniques to takelearning to another level.′ (Times Educational Supplement, 26thMay). ′Teacherswho use this book will not be disappointed– it will assist them tobecome masters of their craft . (The Business of Teaching,November 2011). 

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"Doug Lemov knows that teachers can create powerful learningenvironments that will help all students make dramatic progress.With Teach Like A Champion, teachers across the country willbe better prepared to wake up on Monday morning and help theirstudents climb the mountain to college. This book provides moreevidence that highly effective teaching is learnable thatmany more teachers can draw from the tactics of their mostsuccessful colleagues in order to realize educationalequity."
WENDY KOPP, chief executive officer and founder ofTeach For America

"Every teacher should own at least two copies of Doug Lemov′sTeach Like a Champion. One for home and one for school, sothat they are never far from the roadmap to excellence that lieswithin. Lemov pulls back the curtain to reveal that the apparentwizardry of the most successful teachers is really a collection ofclearly explainable and learnable techniques. This will certainlybe one of the most influential and helpful books that any teacherever owns."
DAVID LEVIN, co–founder of KIPP (Knowledge Is PowerProgram)

"Doug Lemov′s Teach Like a Champion is a breakthroughbook that is both visionary and comprehensive. If you are a teacherwho wants to increase the academic success of your students, youshould read this book. If you are an administrator with the samegoal, you must get this book into the hands of yourteachers!"
LEE CANTER, author of Assertive Discipline

"Doug Lemov has captured in one place the specific, practicaltechniques used by the best teachers in some of our country′s besturban schools. Any teacher, principal, or policymaker who isinterested in what it takes on a classroom level to close theachievement gap should read this book."
DACIA TOLL, co–chief executive officer of AchievementFirst


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Aug. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By s j tarr on 28 May 2013
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Excellent book written by a man who comes across as insightful and blessed with real common sense. This books reads like it wants to help you become a better teaching and not showcase how great the author is. I have taught in extremely challenging schools for ten years and have consistently been graded as a good to outstanding teacher by both my peers and the government and I was better the following day after reading the first few chapters. For the last 8 years I have been involved with the mentoring of trainee and new teachers and in the delivering of whole school CPD - this role just got easier. The trick to getting the most out of this book is to read it with an very open and honest mind - many, many of the tips are familiar, but do you really do them well and do you really do them all the time. If you add consistency to the tips in this book you will fly. There are even some brilliant and decievingly simple techniques that border on the micro management of the class, but as a practioner that runs a behaviour unit I can wholeheartedly endorse this approach. I have started using this book in a weekly 30 minute coaching breakfast and the attendees get better by committing to a couple of techniques every week - I recommend teachers to buy this book and not let the title put them off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnston on 22 Dec. 2013
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I have just discovered this, and will be recommending as essential reading for all our trainee teachers. You do have to adjust to the Americanisms, but once you've done that it's an excellent read that's full of practical advice. The anecdotes enliven it, making it an enjoyable read as well as one that can help anyone become a yet better teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. M. Ashe on 5 May 2013
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I am a real reviewer who is currently in at the deep end teaching very difficult children. I'm only going to write a short review because I find it hard to believe that any teacher couldn't learn lots from this book. All meaty, relevant techniques that work in the classroom to make sure you actually get the kids LEARNING. Best book on teaching I have read. "Classroom behaviour" by Bill Rogers is great as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Archer on 14 Mar. 2014
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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. It is not pedagogy heavy, but instead provides clearly written sections that improve on different areas of teaching.
You probably do some of them already, but trust me there is always a new trick for each old dog and this has a lot of them
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peterbbb on 21 Aug. 2013
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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. Don't go with the folk who decry these methods. They are wrong and if we could organise our schools using most of the ideas from this model then our children would learn like champions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2010
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"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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