Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 4, 2014 - Education - 320 pages

A New York Times Notable Book

"A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

 

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Disappointing. It spends hours (I read the audiobook) building up a particular education style as being the end-all be-all in educational perfection, only to tear it apart at the last moment without ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan.Macura - LibraryThing

As a future teacher I mistakenly thought this book could offer some insights into how teaching works and how everyone could learn to be a better teacher. After all, this is how the book was promoted – see its cover. I read it, but wish I had not wasted my time. I got nothing out of it. Read full review

Contents

HOW TO BEATEACHER Part One 1 FOUNDING FATHERS
A TEACHER IS BORN
SPARTAN TRAGEDY
KNEAD AND RISE
AN EDUCATIONAL STARTUP
LEMOVS TAXONOMY
THE DISCIPLINE OF DISCIPLINE
THE POWER OF AN INSIDE JOKE
THE HOLY GRAIL
A PROFESSION OF HOPE
HOW TO BE A TEACHER PART TWO
Afterword WHAT BETTER TEACHERS
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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Elizabeth Green is cofounder, CEO, and editor in chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization. A former Spencer Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism, she has written for New York Times Magazine and other publications.

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