“A child at a bad school taught by a good teacher is better off than one with a bad teacher at a good school”
Doug Lemov believes great teachers are made, not born – and his ideas are transforming education.
What happens when a Harvard MBA takes on the challenge to Improve Education?
Tackling schools who are in disadvantaged communities Doug Lemov builded up an incredible case study on how to become a better teacher.
“Hardly anything matters more than education, yet when we talk about education we spend a lot of time arguing over things that do not matter very much. Class sizes, uniforms, curriculum design, which politician runs the Department for Education – none of our favourite flashpoints make a lot of difference to whether children do well at school. For all that parents worry over which school to send their children to, more important is who teaches them when they get there. Professor John Hattie, of the University of Melbourne, has undertaken a rigorous assessment of the thousands of empirical studies that have been carried out on educational achievement. He concluded that, other than the raw cognitive ability of the child herself, only one variable really counts: “What teachers do, know and care about.”
Doug set itself to create an empirical study that gathers teaching techniques from top teachers that you can use in your everyday class.
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