Monday, October 29, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #13
Name the Steps
“I” Technique

“We move piecemeal toward mastery and need to remind ourselves over and over what step comes next.”

KEY IDEA:  When possible, give students solution tools – specific steps by which to work or solve problems of the type you’re presenting. This often involves breaking down a complex task into specific steps. 

4 key components: 
  1. Identify the steps:  Breaking complex skills down into steps in order to make them transparent.
  1. Make them “sticky”: Name the identified steps.
Tools:
    • Use memory devices or mnemonics
    • Use catch phrases.
    • Use metaphors 
  1. Build the Steps: Derive the rules with students from one or several example problems through structured inquiry.
  1. Use two stairways:  students can narrate the process while the teacher switches back and forth between asking questions about the process and questions about the problem. 
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #12
The Hook
“I” Technique

“The way in is with The Hook:  the short introductory moment that captures what’s interesting and engaging about the material and puts it out front.”

KEY IDEA:  When necessary, use a short, engaging introduction to excite students about learning. 

Categories:
  • Story
  • Analogy
  • Prop
  • Media
  • Status (describe something great)
  • Challenge
Characteristics of a good Hook:
  • It’s short.
  • It yields.
  • It’s energetic and optimistic
  • You do not need one for every lesson.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #11
Draw The Map

“There’s a final piece to effective planning that almost every teacher already uses.  The problem is that teachers sometimes forget they’re using it or use it once per year that then forget to adapt and adjust it . . . the physical environment.”

KEY IDEA:  The physical environment and classroom environment should support the specific lesson goal for the day. 

Student Furniture:

  • Many school desks are in the same position on the last day of the school year as they were on the first and have not moved once during the school year. 
  • Make space planning a part of your lesson planning.
  • Three paired rows are suggested for easy flow from independent to cooperative work.
  • Location of aisles is important; teachers need access to their students.

Classroom Walls:

  • Avoid clutter and overstimulation.
  • Posted items are best when they focus on useful tools.
  • Only post student work that is exemplary and provides a model to other students.

From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #10
Double Plan

“Too often teachers forget to plan what students will be doing each step of the way.  What will they be doing while you’re reviewing the primary causes of the Civil War.”

KEY IDEA:  It is as important to plan for what students will be doing during each phase of your lesson as it is to plan for what you will be doing and saying. 


                                           Teacher          Students

        

From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)