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Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College

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One of the most influential teaching guides ever—updated!

Teach Like a Champion 2.0 is a complete update to the international bestseller. This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. Over 700,000 teachers around the world already know how the techniques in this book turn educators into classroom champions. With ideas for everything from classro

Kindle Edition, 454 pages
Published December 24th 2014 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ah, the Charter School Camp. The Standardized Tests Are the Thing Camp. The Business/Military Style in Schools Camp. That's where TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION originates, from a guy named Doug Lemov who is invested in the Uncommon Schools, a group of inner city schools in the northeast that insist on teachers using these techniques. And though the cover says "K-12," most all of the examples cited are from elementary classrooms. Ditto the clips on the accompanying DVD. If you're a high school teacher, y ...more
Cindy Newton
Well, the good news is that I'm a champion teacher and I didn't even know it! Turns out I already knew all of the concepts, and most of the techniques, that Lemov examines in his book. Of course, I'm not a new teacher; it's not my first rodeo. It would have been a great book if I were new to the profession, so if you are, I highly recommend it. Quite a bit of it is common sense, such as keeping the students busy from bell to bell, arranging the desks so that you have proximity, and establishing ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching
I wish that Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion had been around when I was getting my teaching degree. Most of the books that I read in my graduate courses centered on theory -- not that theory and metacognition isn't important; however, as a brand-new teacher, I could really have used a book like this one, which describes 49 actual techniques you can use to manage your classroom and to encourage attention, enthusiasm, and higher-level thinking.

As other reviewers have pointed out, Teach Like a Ch
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Problematic. The techniques are very authoritarian and simplistic. The author relies on behavioralism to a demeaning degree. The video clips that came with the book showing the techniques in action, made me very uncomfortable. I'm surprised the book didn't come with a clicker trainer. ...more
Irene McHugh
Do you remember that scene at the beginning of Dead Poet's Society where Mr. Keating has the boys rip the J. Evans Pritchard scale for measuring poetry out of their textbooks?

This book and its techniques are the equivalent of Mr. Pritchard's poetry scale.

We ask whether our actions will result in learning, but this is the wrong question. The right question is whether our actions yield a return that exceeds our hurdle rate. That is, yield more learning per minute invested than does the best relia
May 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Doug Lemov shills ed reform garbage that teaches children "learned helplessness," over-reliance on the adult, and a lack of self-advocacy or creativity. As an experienced public AND charter school teacher who's been trained in 1.0 a zillion times and seen the results, I have nothing to say but to toss this in the trash.

**Update: JK. Turns out, I have a lot to say.**
What is your teaching experience, and what do you want to gain from this book? I think the strategies are good for a beginner, but m
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sheer number of concrete, easy-to-employ strategies in TLAC makes it worth a read. Most of Lemov's strategies are common sense, but not always something you think about when you're actually teaching, so it helps to have them explained in detail here.

This book doesn't, however, work in every classroom. I tried applying multiple strategies at once and they wound up backfiring on me--but I teach gifted high schoolers, so I think that for them, all the rigid emphasis on management isn't really
I think this book is a must for pre-service teachers, but only if taught with a critical lens. The author says right off the bat that he does not consider himself a champion teacher, but he has spent countless hours in classrooms and studying tape with other researchers in order to compile what he has determined to be concrete "champion teacher" techniques.

I don't agree with everything he says (some of it reads a little ivory tower, and some of the stuff he touches on concerning race makes me r
I read parts of this book several years ago. I hate it. Really and truly. I've been thinking about it a lot as I read other books (For White Folks who Teach in the Hood) and articles about what real learning should be. Teach Like a Champion is the opposite of what real classrooms should look like, and I'm a little bit excited to start talking about that this coming school year. ...more
Lemov's conclusion is entitled, "The End is the Beginning," so let me start there.

"Yet when Ben was recently asked how he ensures that his teachers use his material, he observed that he doesn't. He manages his teachers for results and provides these techniques to get them there. They are free to use them or not. ...Too many ideas, even good ones, go bad when they become an end and not a means." (Pg. 310)

Lemov likes the word caveat. I'm going to ask someone with a Kindle version how many times th
I recommend this book to all new teachers without exception. Experienced teachers who are having difficulty with classroom management are also encourged to read it. The techniques are explicitly detailed and most are easy to implement the very next day. Basically, the book gives specific techniques designed to create an atmosphere of respect and cooperation. I will definately get a lot of use out of it...the classroom clips are especially helpful.

Things that I especially liked: 1. How to's on h
My current professional development training is based entirely on this book. My first year of teaching was a nightmare. When the new administration took over and asked us to attend their training, I learned more about classroom management in those two weeks of in service than I did in both undergrad and graduate college. I'm in my second year now, and these techniques, paired with active practice, have turned me into a more confident and effective teacher. I had people observe who thought I was ...more
Carolynn Jimenez
Jun 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
End carceral pedagogy. This book promotes ideas that deprofessionalize teaching. It is more important to develop an ideology (like in the works of Freire, hooks, or Emdin) or to situate learning in evidence-based practices (like in John Hattie’s works) than to learn discrete skills and police students’ language and behavior. The references section for this is paltry—less than a page. We need a liberatory pedagogy for Black and Latinx students.
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for anyone who cares about "urban education" and its attendant issues. This books aims at teaching teachers how to develop a classroom culture in which city kids, ( a population left in the ash-heap of national education), can finally make significant progress.

The book is broken up into 49 techniques chunked into several groupings, like High Academic Expectations, Lesson Structure, Classroom Culture, etc. About half the techniques have corallary video clips shown on th
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a pretty good book, over all, for nitty-gritty, try-it-this-way teaching techniques. Whether you're already using them or not, the [mostly] lucid prose and examples provide food for thought for teachers who are seeking to improve their practice. There are several techniques I either want to try out for myself or work to improve on based on what I read.

That said, the book loses points for two reasons: 1) There are many parts of it that sound like ad copy for various charter schools. And c
There's a lot of merit in some of the techniques compiled here, but after spending more than a month slogging through, I'm not sure it outweighs the sexism, classism and racism that underpin Doug Lemov's philosophy.

From questionable case studies on the (most often female) erring young teacher, through utterly tone-deaf passages on the efficacy of exerting control to force a student (with a benign smile, of course!) to do something "she does not want to", to moralistic judgments of "incompetent"
Carla Sofia Sofia
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book negative stars, I would. Throw this book into the recycling bin if you've made the mistake of purchasing it and pick up a copy of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed instead. As a teacher of four years, let me say that this is *not* how you manage a classroom if your goal is something other than reproducing whiteness and treating students like robots. ...more
Elisa Sinnett
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read the book and you'll get some fun tips. Read a little closer and watch the videos and you'll see it's all about controlling kids in high poverty areas, not teaching them. ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-ya
This was a strongly recommended read from my administration. I read it somewhat begrudgingly but have to admit that many of the 49 techniques could be very useful. Particularly for new teachers, this book has some good, solid recommendations for how to increase student engagement. Until he gets to the section about reading. The last few chapters felt tacked on and beyond his realm of expertise. The more he discussed his strategies for teaching reading the more he seemed like someone obsessed wit ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can understand both camps in the reviews for this book. Firstly, I agree wholeheartedly with those who say they wish the book existed when they began their career. The steps (although I felt them to be out of order), have a real-world basis and outstanding for anyone at the outset of their teaching life - even for those of us who train other teachers.

I can also understand the 'teach your grandmother to suck eggs' comments. Many of these steps/techniques/strategies have been around for a long t
I recommend this book for new teachers. We were handed this book last fall and told to read it. After 27 years of teaching and hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours at Professional Development not much in the book was new to me. I found it tedious to read, if only because it felt repetitious to me.

However, it is a good book with it's tons of strategies to use. I do think it should be read by new teachers.
Bea Elwood
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-stuff
I don't know why books like this are written like this... honestly suffer from cognitive overload after a few pages so a book this size takes a really long time to get through. But by god, I read the whole thing!!! and have a few techniques I'm ready to work on this year. Next year hopefully I can skim and refine as I need to go. Seriously, worth the effort and a must read for any teacher. ...more
Brian Quick
This books makes me think of joyless classrooms, but gets credit for having some great tips that I would like to implement. Maybe a good read for someone new to the classroom that really struggles with management, but also kind of reads like VCR instructions...cherry pick the good stuff, use what works for you. 3.5 stars.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Packed, and I mean packed, with many ideas to improve student learning by improving teaching and teachers' effectivenss. This works for all content areas and offers enough explanations and examples to make implementing these techniques fairly easy. No generalities here, the techniques are specified.

The author looked at test scores and demographics across the country along with lessons and what makes some teachers great in order to develop his list of techniques (strategies). At first blush, the
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some useful stuff for a college teacher.
I'm not the target audience (I teach art at a community college), but I found some useful stuff in the first 40% of the book. (I obviously read the kindle edition.)
This is aimed at k12 teachers (mostly upper elementary). It is basically a series of tips/techniques for teachers based on studying the techniques and practices of really successful teachers (at his schools). There is also some interesting talk about why technique is important as a supplement to
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book enthusiastically, looking for some awesome life-changing teaching advice, but I quickly realized what kind of message the author will be passing on to his readers. The introduction was so insufferable I just had to put it down.

This part is what ended it for me (the author is describing the "champion teachers" he personally knows):
"[Julie Jackson] spent countless hours prepping, rehearsing possible dialogue, and writing individual notes to every student, and she elicits the s
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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No book about teaching is going to be perfect for everything, since no part of teaching is ever the same for everyone. That being said, I thought there were a lot of useful and thought-provoking points to be had here. Sure, Lemov writes mostly about charter schools and charter school teachers, and sure, some of the techniques sound a little fascist, but that doesn't mean that they're not worth reading and thinking about, even if only to decide that they don't ultimately work for your environment ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teacher-books
I really loved this book and actually began using some of the teaching practices long before I knew the history of Uncommon Schools. Life would, of course, bring me down the road where I had the opportunity to interview and explore the school and was also provided a job offer for working at these schools. Unfortunately, after viewing their rigorous, military based school day where kids weren't even allowed to talk to each other during ANY part of the day and needed to follow strips of tape down ...more
Michael Loveless
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov is the best education book I've ever read. Lemov looked for schools that were outliers, achieving amazing results on standardized tests in neighborhoods where other schools were getting very poor results. He then went into those schools and observed the teachers, noting techniques that were being used by many different teachers. He video-taped the teachers, named the techniques, taught them to other teachers, and then watched them use and adapt them. In th ...more
There are a few really good teaching techniques in this book. Unfortunately, they are clouded by the book's focus on younger kids--elementary and middle schoolers, to be precise. I felt that many of the techniques would not be welcome in a high school environment, and certainly not in the school where I'm student teaching. Paul Tough described one of the techniques, SLANT, best in a 2006 New York Times article; he basically said that students making use of SLANT seem to be like robots. The video ...more
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Doug Lemov is an American educator and author. He is currently Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organisation that manages 42 charter schools across New York, New Jersey and Boston.

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