Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College

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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:

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Overview

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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"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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470550472
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 43
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Lemov is a managing director of Uncommon Schools and oversees its True North network. He is the former president of School Performance and former vice president for accountability at the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute. He also trains school leaders and teachers and has taught English and history at the university, high school, and middle school levels. Visit Doug Lemov at www.douglemov.com.
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Table of Contents

DVD Contents ix

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

The Author xix

Introduction: The Art of Teaching and Its Tools 1

PART ONE

TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: THE ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES

1 Setting High Academic Expectations 27

Technique 1: No Opt Out 28

Technique 2: Right Is Right 35

Technique 3: Stretch It 41

Technique 4: Format Matters 47

Technique 5: Without Apology 51

Reflection and Practice 55

2 Planning that Ensures Academic Achievement 57

Technique 6: Begin with the End 57

Technique 7: 4 Ms 60

Technique 8: Post It 63

Technique 9: Shortest Path 64

Technique 10: Double Plan 65

Technique 11: Draw the Map 67

Reflection and Practice 69

3 Structuring and Delivering Your Lessons 71

Technique 12: The Hook 75

Technique 13: Name the Steps 77

Technique 14: Board = Paper 82

Technique 15: Circulate 84

Technique 16: Break It Down 88

Technique 17: Ratio 92

Technique 18: Check for Understanding 97

Technique 19: At Bats 104

Technique 20: Exit Ticket 106

Technique 21: Take a Stand 106

Reflection and Practice 108

4 Engaging Students in Your Lessons 111

Technique 22: Cold Call 111

Technique 23: Call and Response 125

Technique 24: Pepper 131

Technique 25: Wait Time 134

Technique 26: Everybody Writes 137

Technique 27: Vegas 141

Reflection and Practice 144

5 Creating a Strong Classroom Culture 145

Technique 28: Entry Routine 151

Technique 29: Do Now 152

Technique 30: Tight Transitions 154

Technique 31: Binder Control 157

Technique 32: SLANT 158

Technique 33: On Your Mark 159

Technique 34: Seat Signals 161

Technique 35: Props 163

Reflection and Practice 165

6 Setting and Maintaining High Behavioral Expectations 167

Technique 36: 100 Percent 167

Technique 37: What to Do 177

Technique 38: Strong Voice 182

Technique 39: Do It Again 191

Technique 40: Sweat the Details 195

Technique 41: Threshold 197

Technique 42: No Warnings 199

Reflection and Practice 201

7 Building Character and Trust 203

Technique 43: Positive Framing 204

Technique 44: Precise Praise 210

Technique 45: Warm/Strict 213

Technique 46: The J-Factor 214

Technique 47: Emotional Constancy 219

Technique 48: Explain Everything 220

Technique 49: Normalize Error 221

Reflection and Practice 223

8 Improving Your Pacing: Additional Techniques for Creating a Positive Rhythm in the Classroom 225

Change the Pace 226

Brighten Lines 228

All Hands 229

Every Minute Matters 230

Look Forward 231

Work the Clock 232

Reflection and Practice 233

9 Challenging Students to Think Critically: Additional Techniques for Questioning and Responding to Students 235

One at a Time 237

Simple to Complex 239

Verbatim (No Bait and Switch) 240

Clear and Concise 240

Stock Questions 241

Hit Rate 243

Reflection and Practice 245

PART TWO

HELPING STUDENTS GET THE MOST OUT OF READING: CRITICAL SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES

10 How All Teachers Can (and Must) Be Reading Teachers 249

11 The Fundamentals: Teaching Decoding, Vocabulary Development, and Fluency 263

12 Comprehension: Teaching Students to Understand What They Read 283

Conclusion: The End Is the Beginning 309

Appendix: Behind-the-Scenes Interviews 311

Index 325

How to Use the DVD 331

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    This is Education for the 21st Century?

    At first glance, this book seems like a dream come true - how does one truly master the art and craft of teaching - these 49 techniques should put anyone on the fast track....but unfortunately, from what I saw on the DVD, and read in the text, these techniques harken back to the stone age of education - where pupils are NOT engaged in thinking for themselves, but rather, are part of the "drill and thrill" mentality.

    I would be curious to see how the students identified perform on a longitudinal scale, when asked to engage in problem solving, or critical thinking.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    Powerful Teaching Techniques

    I am only half way through this book, Teach Like a Champion, and I can already tell it is going to have a HUGE positive impact on my public school teaching!! I am so glad Doug Lemov listened to Norman Atkins and published these techniques. I am going to tell anyone that will listen that they need to read this book...NOW!! What I value the most are the video clips. Seeing it in action, the ability to replay it and seeing how the students respond are extremely valuable to me. Thank you, Mr. Lemov, for 5 years of investigation and dedication!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended for Beginning Teachers; Useful for Master Teachers and Mentors!

    Teach Like a Champion, by Doug Lemov is a collection of techniques aimed at improving everyday teaching techniques. The author has been involved in small school reform movements among urban poor populations. The techniques in the book are drawn from those experiences. Lemov is careful to describe his approaches as techniques aimed at specific situations rather than educational strategies, which he believes are more generalized approaches. The text is divided into eleven chapters focused on a particular area, such as high academic expectations and engagement. Each chapter then contains five or more specific techniques to improve the area of focus, as well as reflection and practice activities. A DVD is also included with videos of most teaching techniques described in the text.

    This text would be a great reference or how to guide for novice teachers. The techniques are focused, clearly described, and quick to implement. Although the book is written in a style novice teachers will find useful, the text is also user-friendly for experienced teachers as well. If I am working on my student questioning techniques, I can look it up in the table of contents and immediately have five to eleven strategies at my immediate disposal. Each technique is a quick read and if I still need clarity about the strategy I can reference the video. Teach Like a Champion would be a great text to use for one's own professional development library, staff development, or focused intervention strategies with a struggling teacher.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    This is a great book!

    I'm only half way through, but I'm enjoying this book and find that it's very helpful. The DVD that shows each strategy in use is also wonderful. I'm pleased that I've already successfully incorporated many of the strategies in this book, prior to reading it. Nevertheless, it's a good affirmation and review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    This books deals with the fundamentals of teaching. This book g

    This books deals with the fundamentals of teaching. This book gives 49 very specific and clear ways on using routines, procedures, and classroom management. These will not take long to learn and implement. I agreed with over 40 of his strategies. I have chosen to ignore the few I don't see implementing. How wonderful to have all these 40+specific ways to get students to better listen and engage in the classroom. I have found these "little" things make a big difference in my classroom in getting students to listen ad perform better.

    This book doesn't pretend to have highly engaging and exciting activities. There are plenty of other books for that, and I encourage all educators to find such books or resources. This book will help all educators from rookies to those experienced. With the challenging behavior we are seeing in the classroom, this will be an important book for those in grades 2-12. I wouldn't recommend it to grades K and 1.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great book but overrated

    I found most of the techniques to be intuitive and already things most teachers already do, but developing a common lingo is very useful across classrooms. The accompanying video is great but very basic common sense approaches to classroom management. A must read but it won't solve your problems.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    OK for Strategy

    As a teacher who reads a lot of books on everything from pedagogy to inspiration, I would say this book is useful if you are looking for technique and strategy, especially if you're teaching in a challenging environment. I was tired of books on strategy alone and needed to get the feeling for teaching back into my heart, so I have been enjoying books like Chicken Soup for a Teacher, or the book I recently bought, Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers, which I thoroughly loved.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Excellent information not taught in teacher training courses in college

    I just received my teaching certificate in New York and found this book to be full of very concrete, useful information that was not taught in any of my courses. I learned a lot and plan to include some of these techniques this fall when I start teaching. T feel there is a tremendous need for successful classroom management methods to be specifically taught to prospective teachers. I do wish there was more in this book related directly to high school students, but as the author's schools included younger students that appears to be the type of students directly discussed.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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