Building a Better Teacher with Elizabeth Green


Elizabeth Green is co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat. Elizabeth previously co-founded GothamSchools, now Chalkbeat New York, and covered education for The New York Sun and U.S. News & World Report. She has also written about education issues for The New York Times Magazine. Elizabeth serves on the board of the Education Writers Association. In 2009-2010, she was a Spencer Fellow in education journalism at Columbia University, and in 2011, she was an Abe Journalism Fellow studying education in Japan. Her book, Building a Better Teacher, will be published in August 2014 by W. W. Norton.


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

What happens in the classroom of a great teacher? Opening with a moment-by-moment portrait of an everyday math lesson—a drama of urgent decisions and artful maneuvers—Building a Better Teacher demonstrates the unexpected complexity of teaching.

Green focuses on the questions that really matter: How do we prepare teachers and what should they know before they enter the classroom? How does one get young minds to reason, conjecture, prove, and understand? What are the keys to good discipline? Incorporating new research from cognitive psychologists and education specialists as well as intrepid classroom entrepreneurs, Green provides a new way for parents to judge what their children need in the classroom and considers how to scale good ideas. Ultimately, Green discovers that good teaching is a skill. A skill that can be taught.

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elizabethIn this episode you will learn:

  • the research Elizabeth did for Building a Better Teacher
  • the common habits of successful teachers
  • how developing teachers can improve themselves
  • ways in which schools can develop their teachers on a large scale
  • how technology can help and hinder teachers
  • how little good teaching has changed over the years

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