Building a Better Teacher

  • by Elizabeth Green
  • Narrated by Karen Saltus
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We've all had great teachers who opened new worlds, maybe even changed our lives. What made them so great? Everyone agrees that a great teacher can have an enormous impact. Yet we still don't know what, precisely, makes a teacher great. Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does exceptional teaching require something more? Building a Better Teacher introduces a new generation of educators, exploring the intricate science underlying their art. A former principal studies the country's star teachers and discovers a set of common techniques that help children pay attention. Two math teachers videotape a year of lessons and develop an approach that has nine-year-olds writing sophisticated mathematical proofs. A former high school teacher works with a top English instructor to pinpoint the key interactions a teacher must foster to initiate a rich classroom discussion. Through their stories, and the hilarious and heartbreaking theater that unfolds in the classroom every day, Elizabeth Green takes us on a journey into the heart of a profession that impacts every child in America.
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What the Critics Say

"We romanticize teachers, and we vilify them, but we don't do much to help. This beautifully written, defiantly hopeful book points the way to a better future for American teachers and the children they teach." (Paul Tough, bestselling author of How Children Succeed)

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Great if you're considering teaching

Having recently decided in look into a career in teaching this book helped me put more perspective on what is involved in teaching and provides a great background on what to think about while training.
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- Harry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-07-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC