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Building a Better Teacher

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

Elizabeth Green


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/31/2014)
Hardcover (8/4/2014)
Compact Disc (9/1/2014)
Compact Disc (9/1/2014)
MP3 CD (9/1/2014)


A New York Times Notable Book

"A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

Praise For Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)

Couldn't be better timed…exhilarating.
— Sara Mosle - The Atlantic

Moments of educational theater enliven and illuminate the history.
— Kate Tuttle - Boston Globe

Both a history of the research on effective teaching as well as a consideration of how that research might best be implemented. What emerges is the gaping chasm between what the best teachers do and how we go about evaluating what they’ve done.
— Sebastian Stockman - New York Times Book Review

Green has spent years looking at what makes a great teacher—and whether the teachers we remember most fondly were born great or simply learned key skills.
— Greg Toppo - USA Today

[S]hould be part of every new teacher's education.
— Michael S. Roth - The Washington Post

Elizabeth Green draws upon years of interviews and research as an education writer and CEO of Chalkbeat to make the case for why teaching is a craft and that it can be taught to anyone. Her excellent book should be read for a detailed account of the history of teacher education, an international context, and an entertaining narrative.
— Jonathan Wai - Psychology Today

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, best-selling author of How Children Succeed

Elizabeth Green reveals, in cinematic detail, what makes great teaching such a dazzling intellectual challenge—and why it has taken us so unforgivably long to care. A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer.
— Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393351088, 400pp.

Publication Date: July 13, 2015

About the Author

Elizabeth Green is cofounder, CEO, and editor in chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization. A former Spencer Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism, she has written for New York Times Magazine and other publications.