In the second edition of this renowned book, you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration from one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. With wit and understanding, Todd Whitaker describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and explains what they do differently. New features include:
- Meaning what you say
- Focusing on students first
- Putting yourself in their position
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
Table of Contents
1 Why Look at Great?
2 It's People, Not Programs
3 The Power of Expectations
4 If You Say Something, Mean It
5 Prevention versus Revenge
6 High Expectations-for Whom?
7 Who Is the Variable?
8 Focus on Students First
9 Ten Days Out of Ten
10 Be the Filter
11 Don't Need to Repair-Always Do Repair
12 The Ability to Ignore
13 Random or Plandom?
14 Base Every Decision on the Best People
15 In Every Situation, Ask Who Is Most Comfortable and Who Is Least Comfortable
16 Put Yourself in Their Position
17 What About These Darn Standardized Tests?
18 Make It Cool to Care
19 Clarify Your Core
Seventeen Things That Matter Most
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.