Why Teachers Should Ask More Questions

Doug Lemov

Reposted from the Washington Post:

Checking for understanding is difficult. How to do that has puzzled me, until I opened the latest book by Doug Lemov — the best writer on teaching techniques I have encountered. He has collected dozens of ways from successful urban classroom teachers to keep a lesson moving, but not so fast that students don’t absorb what is being taught.

Lemov’s 2010 book “Teach Like a Champion” has sold more than 800,000 copies. Never before has a book had such detailed descriptions of proven ways to handle students who don’t respond, who hide their confusion, who have trouble listening or who suffer from other classroom maladies.

His new book, “Teach Like a Champion 2.0,” is an impressive volume, with 473 pages of intricate advice backed by a DVD that lets readers see how 62 techniques are applied in class. At first, I thought it was too much like the first book to merit a column. Then I got into it and saw what it revealed about how to tell quickly whether students are getting what the teachers are giving to them.

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