Teaching Like A Champion With Doug Lemov

This article originally appeared on Imbroglio. Imbroglio is a newsletter from The Branch about how we bring about the education revolution. Most of our posts will focus on the future of K-12 and higher education, but we’ll also cover the imbroglio itself — the politics, misdirection, the excuse-making, the mediocrity. Occasionally we’ll also meander into the general science of learning outside of the traditional education system.

We’re excited to launch Sweat the Technique, a new podcast from Lost Debate. 

The show is all about how we get better, faster. Each week, we’ll apply lessons from the classroom to all areas of life — from parenting, to relationships, to sports, to hobbies, and more. 

Sweat the Technique is hosted by four former principals and superintendents who’ve led gap-closing schools. 

That includes: 

  • Doug Lemov, author of internationally bestselling books and trainer to many successful educators and leaders in professional sports
  • Ryan Hill, founder and CEO of a network of 23 KIPP public charter schools in New Jersey and Miami
  • Stacey Shells Harvey, founder and CEO of ReGeneration Schools
  • Me, Ravi Gupta, former leader of Tennessee’s highest performing network of charter schools and founder of the largest-ever training organization for Democratic candidates and staffers

In our first episode, I interview my co-host Doug Lemov about his seminal book Teach Like a Champion, which revolutionized the training of educators across the world. We discuss why teaching, like any great art, can be broken down into discrete skills – and how you can teach those skills to novices with awe-inspiring results. We also discuss critiques of his work, why he believes they are misguided, and why the techniques from his books are relevant to everyone, not just teachers. 

Listen here and if you like it, share the episode with friends and leave us a review.