49 ways to Teach like a Champion – a book review

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I’m a sucker for motivational teaching books, such as the brilliant Teaching Like a Champion by Doug Lemov and Norman Atkins. This may have something to do with the not-so motivational atmosphere in our staffroom. After spending break-time avoiding the mood hoovers it’s nice to read something in the evening that makes me go “YESS!!!”

The book is split into 49 simple but effective techniques, here are some of my favourites:

1. No Opt Out – “dunno” is not an acceptable answer, get the pupil to find the correct answer, get another pupil to tell him, you tell him, tattoo on your forehead, whatever it takes, but don’t leave it at “dunno”, get the pupil to give you the correct answer themselves, even if they’re repeating what their friend said. I also get them to do it again in our end of lesson review.

6. Begin with the end –…

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