Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)
A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
We’ve all had great teachers who opened new worlds, maybe even changed our lives. What made them so great?
Everyone agrees that a great teacher can have an enormous impact. Yet we still don't know what, precisely, makes a teacher great. Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does exceptional teaching require something more?...more
It veers between some near-eloquent descriptions of how master teachers learn to analyze their own instruction--to hero-worshipping, misguided prose on constructing a no-excuses classroom climate. And then it turns around and shares the bursting of education "reformers'" collective balloon, as they realize that control and compliance come with an ugly aftertaste. Followed by a little light-hearted recognition of Erik Hanushek's "genius" in single-ha ...more
I am a public school teacher myself so reading this was interesting at some parts and old news at others so this will color my review, I'm sure, so keep that in mind. I think Green is attempting to write a story of events in one particular trend in teaching (the lesson study idea) from Japan.
I thought she was doing a nice job at the beginning of the book by writing about some teachers in America that hit upon this successful way t ...more
The book is far too anecdotal. I expected something like concrete lessons learned and got a newspaper article depth summary of feel-good stories. The author shared very little that might help me understand how teaching works except i ...more
As a teacher, I found this book to be extremely fascinating! And very true about teachers and teacher reform. And I actually liked Green's writing habit of building a particular movement up as amazing before dismantling it in the next section. It truly shows how teaching has to evolve as time progresses. I also took some of the math techniques back to my classroom with great success (and I'm now hyp ...more
CD 370.711 GRE
My summary: Really, teaching need to be so complicated? I am not convinced so. I believe people borne with ability to learn. It is precisely what we so emphasize teaching making people feel that they doubt themselves, believing lacking the ability to learn by themselves. Chap 5 author really praise charter school, quite opposite opinion from author "Reign of error". I do not like this kind of style of writing, I find this particular popular in authors who are from libera ...more
How does this country go about building better teachers? Great question, and one that we teachers, I can assure you, think about constantly. The book launches okay, with a tear-down of any lingering myth that some people have an innate talent for teaching, and that this can't be an acquired skill. Okay so far.
But, then, we get way too many dives into irrelevant history and stories. Teaching methods at ...more
However, I did glean a few resources and articles from the book I'm eager to dive into, so that bumps my overall r ...more
That said, I really liked this book. It gave me a great understanding of the current state of American education, and cleared up a bunch of confusion I had about why things were done the way they are. It also offers a glimpse of how things may improve, while pointing out lots of sources to find out more. ...more
Advice: ignore the misleading subtitle. This is not a "how to" book.
Rather, it's an extensively-researched chronology of attempts to improve teaching by improving teacher education.
Thought-provoking and important. Loved it!
You, Y'all, We:
You: Come up with as many solutions as you can
Y'all: Give the answer and the reason for your answer
We: What did you learn from today's problem, or what new questions do you have, if any?
Who had the same thinking? Anything to add to this way of thinking? Did anybody else use another way?
Check status: Who agrees? Is anyone confused? What kind of __ have we studied so far?
"positive group correction": describing the ...more