Teaching Better features seven inspirational portraits (symbolic images and metaphors) that further define and clarify the steady, continuous work of improving teaching. Each chapter leads off with a high school student’s artistic representation of the “improvement portrait” followed by a corresponding key principle which serves as the focal point for the chapter. Symbolically enhanced through the artwork, these images and metaphors help to reframe the complex work of lesson study and collaborative inquiry, illuminating the essential depth and detail often lost in implementation. Each of the “improvement portraits” is combined with detailed implementation stories from our K-12 research and experience in both Japan and the US. These case studies and stories bring the images to life through unfolding narrative and concrete application of the key principles. The book also includes a Leader's Guide and companion website with presentation ideas, facilitation notes, and access to digital resources for each improvement portrait.

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Meet the Student Artists

Joshua Autrey's 2005 pencil drawing of the “Rotting Ship at Sea” is featured in Chapter 1. 

Joshua Autrey's 2005 pencil drawing of the “Rotting Ship at Sea” is featured in Chapter 1. 

Emily Tam’s 2015 drawing of the “Virtual Treasure Chest” is featured in Chapter 4.

Emily Tam’s 2015 drawing of the “Virtual Treasure Chest” is featured in Chapter 4.

Chelsea Madden’s illustrations of the “Rich Drop of Food Coloring” (2013), the “Japanese Toothpick,” the “Winter Horseshoes,” “Joint Productive Activity,” and “5000 Reasons to Quit” (2015) are featured in Chapters 2,3,5,6, and 7.

Chelsea Madden’s illustrations of the “Rich Drop of Food Coloring” (2013), the “Japanese Toothpick,” the “Winter Horseshoes,” “Joint Productive Activity,” and “5000 Reasons to Quit” (2015) are featured in Chapters 2,3,5,6, and 7.