NQT and Trainee teachers at Roding Valley High School gave presentations on the renowned book ‘Teach Like a Champion ‘ by Doug Lemov
We discussed the practical impact of some of his techniques on teaching and learning. Each student teacher reviewed a part of the book and fed back to the group.
Teach Like a Champion
I thought that some of the techniques mentioned from the book Teach Like a Champion during the NQT/PGCE training session would be beneficial to use in lessons for both myself (as a teacher) and for the students. I think the book provides you with a different perspective of how effective specific activities/tasks can be and the importance of using certain techniques with respect to behaviour management.
The following are a few examples of the techniques I found useful.
The “Without Apology” technique. (Not apologising to the students for having a boring lesson)
This technique would be very useful to use in Science, as some of the topics that are taught are perceived as being boring and or pointless by the students. By apologising to students for having to teach them a particularly boring or pointless topic, the students from the start of the lesson will expect to be bored and show little interest in what is being taught. The excitement of the lesson will have been taken away. This technique also reinforced the importance of being enthusiastic about all the topics I will be teaching, as this can have a positive impact on how the students view the topic and how well they learn it.
The “Threshold” Technique. (Greeting students at the door as they enter the classroom)
This technique could potentially have a positive impact on the students, teacher and the quality of the lesson. It would help to ensure that the students come into the classroom efficiently which could potentially lead to the lesson starting quicker as the students are more organised with getting prepared for the lesson. Importantly, it could lead to better teacher-student relationships as the teacher would have the opportunity to make contact with each student for that lesson, which is not always possible
The “ Positive Framing” Technique (Correcting mistakes in a positive manner).
By positively correcting students’ mistakes, the students feel more confident in answering questions, especially in front of the whole class, and will potentially work harder to correct their mistake. This technique is important, as it creates an environment in which students feel comfortable and safe to learn.