Summary of Building a Better Teacher

How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

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Building a Better Teacher book summary
Teaching is a skill anyone can learn, but the quest requires devoted effort and time.


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Great teachers are made and not born, according to former journalist Elizabeth Green, co-founder of the Chalkbeat news organization. She debunks the myth of the naturally capable teacher, shows how people can learn to teach well and explores why teaching matters. Green cites examples of great teachers in action as they strive to connect with their students and to inspire them to feel excited about learning. She relates vivid stories to show how leading researchers affect educational practice. Each student and each class is unique, so teachers seeking a formal how-to text should look elsewhere, though Green offers great ideas to consider. getAbstract recommends her insights, research and conclusions to educators, parents, policy makers, training officers, educational industry participants and anyone interested in how practitioners, researchers and policy makers are shaping education today to make it better tomorrow.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why teaching is a skill anyone can learn
  • How teacher evaluation, infrastructure reform and charter schools shape US education
  • How effective teachers connect with pupils
  • How researchers and regulators shape teaching


Pioneers in Education
In 1920, nearly 400,000 teachers taught more than 20 million children in the US; by 1948, the nation had almost a million teachers. At the time, little research on how to teach teachers was available. Some pioneers of US educational research, including Nate Gage, ...
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About the Author

Former journalist Elizabeth Green co-founded Chalkbeat, a nonprofit educational news organization, where she serves as CEO and editor in chief.

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