TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: Field Notes From The Masters


[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Julie Bora



This transformative course for K-12 educators shows and explains, in concrete terms, winning techniques of master teachers. From their field notes and observations, Doug Lemov has compiled and named our common protocols and practices in his action packed book,Teach Like a Champion, which comes with a DVD as well. If you are a teacher who wants to improve your craft, then this course will give you the language and actions to do that. Change your teaching practice from ho-hum to extraordinary one day at a time. With these potent below-the-radar techniques from the masters, you too will separate yourself from the merely managing by stirring up an alchemy that transforms learning for yourself, your students and your colleagues.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. Expanded their repertoire of daily techniques to include those practiced by great teachers.
  2. Acquired a common language for discussing best practice with support staff, colleagues, students, parents, and administrators.
  3. Uncovered techniques necessary to revealing the hidden talent in every student.
  4. Developed an inventory of print and video resources that support the equation of opportunity.
  5. Reflected on their own teaching routines to focus on bringing out specific, concrete, actionable master techniques each and every day.
  6. Customized and implemented in a learning environment, some of these winning techniques.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit.  The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit. 


Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Lemov, Doug. Teach Like A Champion. 2010. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA. $3 + for used textbook on ISBN 976-0-470-55047-2
& for 500 level
Thornburg, David. From the Campfire to the Holodeck.  San Francisco, CA.  Jossey-Bass.  2014.  ISBN 97811186333939

  • Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
    ISBN# 0470550473
    by Doug Lemov

    Buy from Amazon
  • From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments
    ISBN# 1118633938
    by David Thornburg

    Buy from Amazon


Text, Doug. Teach Like A Champion, is approximately $3 from For those taking the course at the 500 level, you will purchase the additional book, "From the Campfire to the Holodeck", which is approximately $16 from


Julie Bora, M.S.T.  B.S. Biology/Pharmacology   *    M.S.T. Elementary Education - Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1- 6 .

Since 2006 Julie has been composing and designing interactive syllabi for teachers desiring to develop their practice and themselves. Julie has taught a variety of subjects in Elementary, Middle and High Schools in rural, city and inner city environments. With this vertical view she joyously supports professional and personal development both her own and that of others. We are all learning together, every day. Are you ready to try on something new now? Let's jump in and let the magic happen.




TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: Field Notes From The Masters

Allen, Richard Howell. Impact Teaching.  Boston, MA. Allyn & Bacon.  2002.
ISBN 0-205-33414-8
A text no teacher’s library should be without.  Contains ideas and practical techniques for teachers to maximize the impact they have student learning as well as a superb section on giving effective directions.
Though rarely discussed in teacher training, the ability to give directions is a major support of learning.
Collins, Jim. Good to Great. Paradigm Press. Boulder, CO.  2004.
ISBN 978-1-932100-66-2
This worthwhile read explores the way good organizations can be turned into ones that produce great, sustained results.  The book contains oodles of stories and examples from the great and not so great. It also offers a road map to excellence that our schools would do well to consider.
Lemov, Doug. Teach Like A Champion.  San Francisco, CA.  Jossey-Bass.  2010.
ISBN 978-0-470-55047-2.
Text for this course.
Longman, Longman Advanced American Dictionary, Pearson Education Limited: Essex, England.  2005.
ISBN 1 405 82111 6
A rave review for a dictionary that offers help for learners of academic English, the language of opportunity that all learned people speak and write.
Thornburg, David. From the Campfire to the Holodeck.  San Francisco, CA.  Jossey-Bass.  2014.
ISBN 97811186333939
Campfires, Watering Holes, Caves, and Life: If your learning environment doesn’t have them it should. Find out why in this compelling book.
Wilson, Kenneth L., Tools for Energized Teaching,Teacher Ideas Press: Westport, CT.  2006.
ISBN 0-325-00770-5.
A collection chock full of practical suggestions for mixing up teaching techniques to peak and maintain student interest across all disciplines and age levels.