Teach Like a Champion Field Guide: A Practical Resource to Make the 49 Techniques Your Own 1st (first) Edition by Lemov, Doug published by Jossey-Bass (2012) Paperback
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The only negative aspect is that the language and video clips are American, and there are some things that would not be acceptable in a British school, but this does not overly detract from the good practises demonstrated.
The techniques detailed support a modern pedagogy and there will be something that every teacher can take on board. It is particularly good at demonstrating practical ways of improving your questioning technique.
Overall I must recommend this book as a refreshing source of ideas for improving the delivery of lessons for any teacher. For British teachers this man is clearly the American equivalent of a Dylan Wiliam, except his ideas are perhaps a little more orthodox.
Video clips on the disk are very helpful and show examples of excellent practice.
The map showing which techniques are complementary is very useful.
But... unless you are just starting out in your career or you are new to reflective practice I would not really recommend this field guide. Just buy the original book as its fab and has had a huge impact on my practice and everyone else I got to buy a copy, this one however could be simply replaced by a reflective diary.
Buy the original book to go with this one or instead of buying this one. The field guide can be used alone but it lacks the clarity of the original Teach Like a Champion book.
Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College
One thing I will say is that while this gets you thinking about your approach it is no substitute for all your years of training and hard-earned experience. Nothing will match your own knowledge of your pupils and your intuition.
Good at making you think and provides some nice ideas but don't think it will provide you with a magical solution to classroom/teaching difficulties.
It's a product from the United States, so is keyed into American Grades, but I think it would be useful for anyone working in the 14 to 16 British school. I'm predominantly and A-level teacher, so I might have slightly biased opinion. I'm not aware of the original book for which this is the Field Guide but in essence the author gives a very useful list of 49 key tips to improve your classroom performance. Most of these are very practical and are geared to the creative generation of informed, independent responses in oral work, and also centralising active independent writing. And again, to repeat myself there is a great deal here of value. If you have been in the profession for some time, you might find some of the "tips" a little more on the basic side... I'm going to randomly select three of them to illustrate the range the book covers.
Technique 8 is "Post It"-the description of this is "... displaying your lesson plan objective where others can see it, in the same location every day, so that everyone who walks into the room, student, peers and administrators-can identify your purpose". Totally reasonable tip, very sensible, good professional practice, but unlikely to be a great revelation to anyone who is faced OFSTED within the last five years. Technique 21 is "Take a Stand" which is described as "... getting students to take a stand (express a judgement) on answers that other students in the class have given." Again, totally reasonable, but if you're working with any assessment objective in the British examination system that requires "awareness of other readings", you're likely to have been doing this for some time. Technique 30 is "Tight Transitions", described as "...champion classrooms have tight transitions that students can execute without extensive narration by the teacher." Again, making students which quickly from one task to another without extensive and time-consuming definition of what they need to do by the member of staff is very likely to be central technique of your classroom if you any experience or aptitude for teaching as a career!
Don't get me wrong. This is an extremely useful book, and the 49 key tips are of undeniable value. However, most of the guide is made up of Stakhanovite slabs of self-analysis and "reflection" which to my mind, while enforcing the practice of examining your professionalism, do get in the way of the book's positive and undeniably helpful approach. The DVD included with the pack is of great value in exploring some of the techniques in action, and the teaching practice in evidence on the DVD clips is undeniably superior and well worth your attention.
Without wishing to sound in any way cynical, this book contains a generous slice of everything that is right and wrong about modern professional development in the teaching profession: good ideas and sensible recommendations for the newly qualified or indeed, complacent, teacher obscured by endless reflection at a low intellectual level. If you really need a fresh approach, or need stimulus to refresh a new stage of your career, try The Lazy Teachers Handbook by Jim Smith and Ian Gilbert, which covers the same territory in a rather more humane and focused manner, while still keeping the experience of the students central to what they are trying to do. The author of this book is "managing director of Uncommon Schools" in the United States, so in the current educational environment, you're more likely to hear a lot more about him, and encounter this kind of resource more often.
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