Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

by Elizabeth Green


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A New York Times Notable Book

"A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393351088
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 887,145
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Green is cofounder, CEO, and editor in chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization. A former Spencer Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism, she has written for New York Times Magazine and other publications.

Table of Contents

Prologue: How to be a Teacher (Part One) 1

1 Founding Fathers 23

2 A Teacher is Born 45

3 Spartan Tragedy 80

4 Knead and Rise 113

5 An Educational Start-Up 150

6 Lemov's Taxonomy 174

7 The Discipline of Discipline 196

8 The Power of an Inside Joke 230

9 The Holy Grail 253

10 A Profession of Hope 280

Epilogue: How to be a Teacher (Part Two) 314

Acknowledgments 323

Notes 327

Index 357

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