Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Profile on Doug Lemov

A nice profile in the latest Harvard Business School alumni magazine about Doug Lemov of Uncommon Schools, author of the incomparable book that should be required reading for every current and prospective teacher: Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College

Doug Lemov is passionate about "getting teachers to teach better faster" by helping them use best-practice classroom techniques to engage with students. And teachers eat it up: His book, Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College, has sold more than 500,000 copies in America and been translated into eight languages.

Lemov is a managing director of the charter school organization Uncommon Schools, which runs 32 schools in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. When hiring a teacher, Lemov says, "I look for a growth mindset, someone who is eager to learn, incorporates feedback, embraces challenge, and is humble. That's the kind of individual who over time will surpass the teacher who is seemingly more proficient but resists feedback, wants to 'freelance,' or lacks humility."

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