Teach Like A Champion, by Doug Lemov


Book description from Amazon.com
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Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom.  These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day.  Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice.

On Page 114: [an administrator asks] “If I can teach my teachers to do only one [technique], which will make the biggest difference?”

[the author responds]“the single most powerful technique in this book is, I believe, Cold Call”

Cold Call:
“In order to make engaged participation the expectation, call on students regardless of whether they have raised their hands.”

Doug Lemov researched much of his book by observing teachers at Uncommon Schools in high-need school districts in New York and New Jersey.  Here is a link to a document from Uncommon Schools on the technique of “Cold Call” that is nearly identical to how it appears in Lemov’s book.

Effort Tracker can help teachers with this technique by eliminating the decision making of whom to call on next.  And by making sure you are getting to all students – its not easy to remember from day to day who you should call on especially if you see 120 to 150 different students each day.

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