In the foreward of this book, written by Norman Atkins, I love the analogy that he uses when he compares Doug Lemov to John Madden. He comments that Doug Lemov watched thousands of hours of teachers' game films and analyzed their teaching moves with more enthsiasm and attention to detail than virtually anyone else in the history of American Education. That is quite a statement and I believe important to note as we begin to read this book. They also talk about in the book how this book helps good teachers become great! I believe that is what we are working towards! We want to move from good to great! I love how he has taken techniques that I have seen great teachers use, and given them a name, defintion, and expanded them! Norman Atkins says that Doug Lemov found and captured on video, "beyond No-shortcuts preparation and an essential mindset of high expecations, were highly skilled individuals, working with a common discrete set of tools, building systems of classroom culture and instruction brick by brick.
Love this book - this has been the most motivating book I have read in a long time! I love how he named the tools, many times these were things I have seen used, but now we have a name for these techniques and we can employ common language when we talk about great instruction and effective techniques. I also love the idea of videotaping lessons in order to see in action what tools are being used in the classroom. What an amazing opportunity for growth! I see such amazing opportunities for NMS and our students through this book! I hope those of you who are DC's and participating in the book study, as well as those of you who are reading it along with us and commenting on the blog, can get excited about the possibilties that are ahead! I am excited!