How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)
On Sale: August 4, 2014
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Weâ€™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
Building a Better Teacher
introduces a new generation of educators exploring the
intricate science underlying their art. A former principal
studies the countryâ€™s star teachers and discovers a set of
common techniques that help children pay attention. Two math
teachers videotape a year of lessons and develop an approach
that has nine-year-olds writing sophisticated mathematical
proofs. A former high school teacher works with a top
English instructor to pinpoint the key interactions a
teacher must foster to initiate a rich classroom discussion.
Through their stories, and the hilarious and heartbreaking
theater that unfolds in the classroom every day, Elizabeth
Green takes us on a journey into the heart of a profession
that impacts every child in America.
What happens in
the classroom of a great teacher? Opening with a
moment-by-moment portrait of an everyday math lessonâ€”a drama
of urgent decisions and artful maneuversâ€”Building a
Better Teacher demonstrates the unexpected complexity
of teaching. Green focuses on the questions that really
matter: How do we prepare teachers and what should they know
before they enter the classroom? How does one get young
minds to reason, conjecture, prove, and understand? What are
the keys to good discipline? Incorporating new research from
cognitive psychologists and education specialists as well as
intrepid classroom entrepreneurs, Green provides a new way
for parents to judge what their children need in the
classroom and considers how to scale good ideas.
Ultimately, Green discovers that good teaching is a skill. A
skill that can be taught.
A provocative and hopeful
book, Building a Better Teacher shows that
legendary teachers are more than inspiring; they are perhaps
the greatest craftspeople of all.
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