Teach Like a Champion Field Guide: A Practical Resource to Make the 49 Techniques Your Own
by Doug Lemov
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The companion to Teach Like a Champion, the book that took the teaching community by storm
In his acclaimed book Teach Like a Champion, Doug Lemov shared 49 essential techniques used by excellent teachers. In his companion Field Guide, he further explores those techniques in a practical guide. With the Teach Like a Champion Field Guide, teachers will have an indispensable resource that complements their classroom application of Lemov's techniques. The activities are designed to accompany the practitioner on the journey to become a champion teacher. The activities span three stages: learning the techniques, preparing to use the techniques, and actual practice.
In addition to developing and sharpening teaching techniques, the activities provide a proven system for assessing outcomes. The book includes thirty new video clips of champion teachers with analysis from the author. It also includes helpful charts for teachers to track their own progress and to record feedback from colleagues. Most importantly, by using the Field Guide, teachers will be prepared to successfully unlock the talent and skill in all their students.
- A hands-on exploration of 49 techniques that are guaranteed to boost success in the classroom
- Includes 30 video clips of champion teachers
- Written by Doug Lemov, bestselling author of Teach Like a Champion
Teach Like a Champion Field Guide is a must-have workbook for every teacher, from beginner to veteran. The workbook is also a great tool for professional development.
Q&A with Author Doug Lemov
How does the Field Guide relate to the original Teach Like a Champion book?
The Teach Like a Champion Field Guide offers teachers a pragmatic guide for mastering the techniques profiled in the original Teach Like a Champion. Learning about the techniques used by effective teachers is a first step in the process of harnessing a teacher’s potential. In my role as managing director at Uncommon Schools I’ve found that teachers need to practice, to road test new techniques, to get feedback, and to try again. They also need to reflect upon areas to target for development. This Field Guide is designed to help teachers do just that.
With this book teachers will be able to find and strengthen their signature skills. It’s true that no champion teacher is without weaknesses, even those who take our collective breath away. What champions have in common is a portfolio of five or six skills at which they excel. Of course the skills aren’t the same ones for every teacher—the combinations are as unique as the applications. But it’s these skills that drive much of their success. The lesson from this is: strengthen your strengths as much as your weaker areas, make your strengths exceptional, even while you broaden the range of areas where you have mastery.
Where should teachers and instructional leaders begin their work with the techniques?
Given that there are 49 techniques I’m frequently asked, Where to start?
Every teacher and facilitator will approach this question differently. The way you move through the book and use it to enhance your teaching practice will be as individual as you are. Still, here are some initial thoughts:
If you wanted to begin with the two techniques that were most likely to revolutionize what I call “the culture of academic expectations” then I’d suggest you choose Cold Call and No Opt Out. But I realize not all teachers are looking for this kind of revolution as a starting point. In fact some of the best teachers argue that great classrooms rest on a culture of strong everyday routines that give teachers the power to teach efficiently and students the power to excel. These kinds of routines often free up astounding amounts of time for teaching. So, for many teachers starting with the techniques such as Entry Routine and Tight Transitions, in Section Five, numbers 28 through 35, makes a lot of sense. Another possible place to begin is with planning techniques such as Begin with the End and Double Plan. I hope you find that wherever you begin your work, the Teach Like a Champion Field Guide will help you make a strong start and sustain your practice.
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