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Building a Better Teacher: Can Educators Be Educated About How to Educate?

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Mon, 03/01/2010 - 00:00 -- Hal Harris

Could it be possible that much of the education "reform" that everybody seems to be seeking might be accomplished through teaching teachers how to use a toolbox of effective classroom management techniques? That is the thesis of Doug Lemov, proprietor of a fleet of charter schools called "Uncommon Schools" and author of a book to be published by Jossey-Bass next month, "Teach Like a Champion". He claims that a deep understanding of how students learn is also essential, and has partnered with the Learning Mathematics for Teaching Project at the University of Michigan. I recommend looking at the released items from their Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching assessment. Much of what I see at the Uncommon Schools site is reminiscent of the well-worn Harry Wong (see his The First Days of School approach, which also has proved successfull with teachers I know who have used it.

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Elizabeth Green

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Sunday, March 7, 2010