education | October 20, 2014

Teaching Is Built, Not Built-In: Education Speaker Elizabeth Green

What makes an incredible teacher—the kind that sticks out as an actor of change or an awakening in each of us? Those telling education speaker Elizabeth Green, bestselling author of Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone), that it’s the result of magic or innate ability will be met with a strong argument found in her latest video, embedded above.

In this video, the co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat—a non-profit that reports on national education efforts—explains how she came to find herself unpacking the elements of what makes a good teacher tick. Green counters the idea that good teachers just materialize with some kind of common-sense ability. Instead, she outlines a string of factors that build good teachers, like specialized knowledge and specialized skills. And further, she argues that we should stop treating teaching like Victorian-era sex—a private act that shouldn’t be closely scrutinized and examined.

She concludes by showing how one school in Rome is breaking the traditional systems of teaching with a defined triangular structure of high-performance strategies that give, as Green puts it, “hope for where our country can go.”

In her talks, Green examines the dynamics of truly effective teaching and speaks on how to build better educators. To book Elizabeth Green as a speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency.

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