The Craft of Teaching: “Teaching Like a Champion”

For some time now, classical educators across the country have found the techniques compiled in Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov to be beneficial for growing in the craft of teaching. And for good reason! This data-informed field guide, which emerged out of the charter school movement, is filled with insight for teachers who want to cultivate high-performing classrooms and provide a rigorous education for their students. At the same time, not a small number of classical educators have developed a healthy skepticism regarding whether this book rightfully belongs in their school libraries. After all, isn’t Teach Like a Champion 2.0 based largely on modernist assumptions about the nature and purpose of education? Will adopting the techniques it contains water down the purity of the efforts of those who would seek to offer a truly classical education?
In this workshop, I walk participants through an in-depth analysis of Teach Like a Champion 2.0 from a classical perspective. In doing so, I help teachers discern which techniques can and should be implemented in their classrooms. This workshop is therefore intended to be both inspirational and practical. Participants will walk away inspired to take up the craft of teaching for themselves and equipped to implement an assortment of tools for immediate use in their classrooms.

Kolby Atchison

Kolby Atchison is Principal at Clapham School in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Biola University and his MA in Systematic Theology from Wheaton College. While at Biola, Kolby studied Great Books in the Torrey Honors Institute. He began working at Clapham in 2013 and has gained a variety of teaching experience across grade levels, including P.E., pre-algebra, logic, and humanities. Kolby blogs and podcasts regularly on the intersection of modern research and ancient wisdom at www.educationalrenaissance.com. He is the author of an eBook entitled, "The Craft of Teaching: 'Teach Like a Champion' for Classical Educators,” which is accessible online. Kolby and his wife Bethany live in Carol Stream, Illinois, with their son Justus and daughter Vivienne.