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Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
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Jan 25, 2011

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Perhaps my biggest gripe is that all of Lemov's "champion teachers" are teaching in charter schools, KIPP schools, Uncommon Schools, etc. Their students are vastly different from what "regular" teachers face, as are their resources and support structures. Furthermore, there are plenty of phenomenal teachers in normal public schools, and they are the ones from whom I would gain much more. His attitude is also unpleasant throughout. For the most part, the text mostly discusses elementary and middle school classrooms, which is are vastly different from high school classrooms. However, he does provide some useful techniques and suggestions; the book can certainly be of use, though I would advise skimming the section headings and only reading the full text of the sections that are actually worthwhile.

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