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Doug Lemov: Teach like a Champion and Top Tips for delivering training

November 13, 2017 - Podcast
Doug Lemov: Teach like a Champion and Top Tips for delivering training

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to Doug Lemov

Let’s be honest, Doug is a legend. He is probably best known as the author of Teach like a Champion – a book which has had a huge influence on the last few years of my teaching and thinking, and which I believe is a must for all teachers to read, jam-packed as it is with loads of practical, easy to implement strategies that can be truly transformative. Doug is also the coauthor, along with his Teach like a Champion colleagues, of Practice Perfect and Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction. He is a former teacher, the former Managing Director of Uncommon Schools (something we talk about in the interview), and his CPD sessions are regarded as some of the very best in the world.

In a wide-ranging interview we covered the following, and more:

I’ll be honest, I was incredibly nervous in the build up to the interview. I even had to knock back two cups of Mellow Birds coffee to take the edge off. I guess I should be used to talking to my heroes on this show by now, but Doug was someone I had wanted to have on for so long. But I need not have worried – Doug was humble, knowledgeable, engaging, and just a superb guest. This is another of those interviews to share with your non-maths colleagues, as the ideas and insights Doug shares are incredibly useful no matter what subject you teach. Oh, and if you haven’t snapped up Teach Like a Champion 2.0, then I promise you will not be disappointed.

Speaking of books – notice the seamless transition there – let me quickly take this opportunity to mention – and when I say mention, I of course mean shamelessly plug – my book. In tribute to Doug, perhaps I should have called it Teach like a maths teacher who has been getting it completely wrong for 86% of his career, but in the end I went for How I wish I’d taught maths. It is based on my thoughts from two years of interviewing the world’s leading educational experts on this podcast – including Dylan Wiliam, Robert and Elizabeth Bjork, Daisy Christodoulou, Greg Ashman, Kris Boulton, Doug, and many more – reading over 200 research papers and books, and most importantly of all, trying, failing and modifying the strategies based on the experiences of my students. It is published by John Catt Education, and it should be out in time for Christmas 2017 – just in case you are short of gift ideas for your mum, son, Granny, dog, etc.

On Twitter, Doug is @Doug_Lemov
His website is teachlikeachmpion.com
Teach like a Champion 2.0 is available from Amazon here
Links to the books Doug recommends teachers read can be found here, along with the recommendations of all my other guests.

Doug Lemov’s Big 3
1. Harry Fletcher Wood’s blog
2. Jo Facer’s blog
3. Carl Hendrick’s blog

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
mrbartonnmaths.com
Mr Barton Maths Blog
Twitter: @mrbartonmaths
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