Dealing with Difficult Teachers / Edition 2

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This book shows you how to handle staff members who:
- gossip in the teacher's lounge.
- consistently say "it won't work" when any new idea is suggested.
- send an excessive number of student to your office for disciplinary reasons.
- undermine your efforts toward school improvement.
- negatively influence other staff members.
This book provides tips and strategies to help school leaders improve, neutralize, or eliminate resistant and negative teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930556454
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 473,241
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

- What is a Difficult Teacher?

- Three Kinds of Teachers

- The Role of the Principal

- Looking for the Good Part -- Sometimes You Have To Squint

- Public Versus Private Praising

- Uncomfortable Is Good

- Accept Responsibility -- They Can't Pass the Buck

- The Teachers' Lounge and Other Challenges

- Always Assume They Want To Do What Is Right

- No More Party Poopers!

- Sometimes You Have To Shuffle The Deck

- What about the New Kids?

- New Teacher Leadership

- Where Do I Start?

- Retirement and Other Miracles

- Dismissal

- How Can I Stop Them From Sending So Many Students to the Office

- If All Else Fails -- General Tips and Guidelines

- Easing The Guilt

- References

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    Common-Sense Approach to Dealing with Difficult Staff

    One of the most difficult parts of being a principal is having to deal with those teachers who cause 98 percent of the problems in a school. As usual, Todd Whitaker provides an extremely practical look on how administrators can deal with those teachers who have problems getting along with students and parents, and other staff. His reminders regarding keeping an eye on the best staff members is well-taken, but his approaches to dealing with worst ones are just what a new principal needs. This book is a "one-seater" read with just the right amount of anecdotes and stories from the author's experiences. I have studied its practical suggestions carefully and found them most helpful. A great gift for the new principal!

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