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What Great Teachers Do Differently: Seventeen Things That Matter Most / Edition 2

What Great Teachers Do Differently: Seventeen Things That Matter Most / Edition 2

by Todd WhitakerTodd Whitaker
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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

DVD Bundle

This bundle includes a DVD featuring Todd Whitaker speaking about what great teachers do differently. It runs for approximately two hours and is the perfect addition to teacher training events and professional development meetings/workshops. Filled with pearls of wisdom, humor, and practical strategies, the video will motivate your staff and inspire them to be the best they can, each and every day.

The DVD comes with a free copy of What Great Teachers Do Differently as well as a Facilitator's Guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596671997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 34,570
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading motivational speaker in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals. Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. Todd received the President's Medal from Indiana State University (the university's highest award for faculty) in 2013. One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written many educational books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Teaching Matters, Great Quotes for Great Educators, What Great Principals Do Differently, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

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

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What Great Teachers Do Differently 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a big stinker. I had to read this book for a class I am taking. There is nothing new in this text that has not already been rehashed for the past 25 years about teaching.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yuck! I had to read this for work; they assign us a book every year. Mostly common sense stuff although I admit I was much relieved that this book admitted that teachers were human instead of Gods put upon the earth to make a difference in the lives of each and every child (I believe teaching is an important job, but a lot of books idealize everything about teaching and therefore are useless when it comes to applying to what goes on in real life). It was also blessingly short.
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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.
T_Herman More than 1 year ago
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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