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This book describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that form the fabric of life in our best classrooms and schools. It focuses on the specific things that great teachers do ... that others do not.

Readers of author Todd Whitaker's best-selling WHAT GREAT PRINCIPALS DO DIFFERENTLY asked him for a companion volume focusing on great teachers and their classrooms. This book is his response to those requests.

This book focuses on the specific things that great teachers do ... that others do not. It answers these essential questions:
• Is it high expectations for students that matter?
• How do great teachers respond when students misbehave?
• Do great teachers filter differently than their peers?
• How do the best teachers approach standardized testing?
• How can your teachers gain the same advantages?

"This book is easy to read and provides essential information. I've ordered copies for every one of my teachers."
• Ann Ferrell, Principal, Autrey Mill Middle School, Georgia

One of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd Whitaker is a former middle and high school teacher, now a professor at Indiana State University.
130 pages, paperback, 2004

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930556690
  • Publisher: Eye On Education, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Author
1 Why Look at Great?
Studying Effective Teachers
2 It's People, Not Programs
Assertive Discipline—the Problem or the Solution?
It's Not What You Do, It's How You Do It
The Poor Lecturer's Classroom
3 The Power of Expectations
Stop the Thumping!
Set Expectations at the Start of the Year
We Are Still Undefeated
4 Prevention Versus Revenge
When a Student Misbehaves
Sending Students to the Office
"Nuthin' Happened"
A Teacher's Bag of Tricks
Respect Your Students, Their Parents—and Yourself
Twenty-Four Students on the Side of the Teacher
Restoring Trust
5 High Expectations—for Whom?
Are High Expectations Important?
6 Who Is the Variable in the Classroom?
What If the Students Do Poorly?
Hey, Who's Responsible Around Here?
How Do We Deal With the Demands of Others?
7 Ten Days Out of Ten
We Never Forget That One Time
You Do Not Have to Like the Students
The Power of Praise
Five Things That Help Praise Work
Too Much Nice
8 The Teacher Is the Filter
How Is Your Day Going?
The Angry Parent
When the Teacher Sneezes
One Goal, Every Day
Where the Elite Meet?
The World Outside School
This Is the Worst Group of Kids We've Ever Had
Perception Can Become Reality
9 Don't Need to Repair—Always Do Repair
Some Never Need to Repair—But Always Do
Some Always Need to Repair—But Never Do
I Am Sorry That Happened
The Highway Patrol
10 Ability to Ignore
Hey, Pretzel Face!
Ignoring Minor Errors
Handling the High Achievers
11 Random or Plandom?
Why Does Jimmy Always Pick Billy?
The All-school Assembly
The Faculty Meeting
12 Base Every Decision on the Best People
Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted!
This Means You!
What Will My Best Students Think?
My Best Students "Will Be Fine" No Matter What
The Teacher's Pet
13 In Every Situation, Ask Who Is Most Comfortable and Who Is Least Comfortable
Treat Everyone As If They Were Good
Uncomfortable Feelings Make People Change—One Way or Another
Pay for Performance
14 What About These Darn Standardized Tests?
Without Success, Tests Become the School
Raise Those Test Scores!
Effective Teachers Keep Testing in Perspective
So, You Want to Improve Your Reading Scores?
15 Make It Cool to Care
The Great Teacher
Who Are the Legends?
Touch the Heart, Then Teach the Child
16 Clarifying Your Core
Fourteen Things That Matter Most

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    He hit the nail on the head!

    I read this book in preparation for a 'What great teachers do differently' conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. I throughly enjoyed Mr. Whitaker's view on a variety of different educational issues, and I really like the way he makes the reader feel, as if he were reading your mind. It was humorous and I was constantly saying in my mind 'I know, I know!' Overall, it really made me think of what I could be doing differently in my classroom to better my students and myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Worth the Read

    While this book isn't presenting any "Earth-shattering" insight into what makes a great teacher, the specifics and the examples are relevant and applicable for even the novice teacher.
    As an administrator, it's a nice "refresher" book to read before beginning those classroom observations and conversations with faculty about the things that assist in classroom success beyond command of their subject matter.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    This book was an easy read! It is an excellent book for new teachers or teachers that want to increase their effectiveness. The book provides simple ideas on building relationships and improving student motivation.

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