Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) (Paperback)
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).
— 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