When I was given this book to read I was drawn in by the title but then somewhat disheartened by the sub-title. As a teacher I am passionate about providing an education that develops the whole person, helping them to grow physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically and realise their potential. A focus on college is not really part of my thinking; rather a focus on life skills and being a person of integrity. That being said, Doug Lemov suggests many powerful strategies to enhance individual learning and develop consistent classroom processes and practices.
This would be a great book to work through with staff over the course of the year; discussing, implementing and revising a given strategy each fortnight. A more consistent school approach provides students with a powerful and known structure.
Pre-service or Early Career Teachers would find this book most helpful but it would be important for them to read and implement a single strategy at a time. Working with a mentor would be advisable, too. While much of the content would not be new to experienced teachers it is certainly a worthwhile read for them. It provides excellent reminders of the need for high academic and behavioural expectations, the use of positive acknowledgement with students and planning and teaching with a specific focus on desired lesson intentions.
The book is written in chapters and each technique is numbered and then elaborated. An accompanying DVD supports the text. It can be purchased both in hardcopy and as an e-book. It retails from AUD $24.99 as an e-book.