"Simple Strategies That Flat Out Work"

Responding to Elizabeth Green's Sunday NYT Magazine article, Derek Thompson in the Atlantic:

Teaching is an intensely personal experience that is difficult to regulate with a best practices manual, but I think I agree that we could use more authoritative information about simple strategies that appear to flat out work, no matter who's standing at the head of the class.

In college, I spent time studying education reform in Asia. One finding was that some countries like Singapore -- which consistently scores near the top of most international standardized tests in reading and math -- include a centralized pedagogy training program that appears to be extremely successful. It would also certainly be rejected in the United States as undemocratic and unfeasible.

I like the way he put it...simple strategies that appear to flat out work.

I disagree "we can agree," though. The pushback to the NYT Magazine article on various blogs and in comment sections is already familiar: great teachers have wildly different approaches (true but so what; great athletes have different styles but there are some basic things that flat out work), does Doug Lemov want everyone to be a teacher robot (no), I'm sure those moves won't work with MY type of students (many of them will, actually, though not with that attitude). The tone is defensive.

MG's Assignment Desk: Maybe the Atlantic or another publication could round up reaction from the heads of Ed School teacher prep programs.

I wonder how many of the 1,200 or so Ed Schools next year will adopt Doug Lemov's Teach Like A Champion (pre-order now!) as required reading for teachers. Besides TeacherU and us.

My guess = few. We sort of do have a centralized monolithic pedagogy across many Ed Schools. And, sadly, this isn't a good fit.