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The Bookshelf: July 24, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Building a Better Teacher.

Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green

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BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

by Elizabeth Green

Accountability and autonomy are the two guiding lights for prescribing changes in our schools, and as Green notes early on in this book, the two principles are often at loggerheads. … Green gives both of these views credence but goes further to suggest that the reverence surrounding the best teachers is misguided, in that it elevates the “natural born educator” mythos that suggests an inborn talent. … Green goes deeper than bromides about student engagement and motivation, digging into data about student success as well as examining the means used to collect the data. She also chronicles her visits with professionals at multiple levels (administrative, support, frontline teachers) through various successes and failures, gleaning wisdom from both—just as the best teachers would have their students do.

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