What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things that Matter Most

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Eye On Education, 2004 - Education - 130 pages
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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?
 

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Practical advice for running a healthy classroom. - Goodreads
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I read the second edition, 17 things that matter most. I was given this book by our superintendent; she recommended it. A lot of it I felt was just common sense. Other parts I found myself thinking ... Read full review

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A book for veteran and rookie teachers, this books should be read multiple times over the course of a career. Read full review

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Contents

About the Author v
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Acknowledgements vii
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Introduction xiii
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1 Why Look at Great? 1
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Studying Effective Teachers 4
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2 Its People Not Programs 7
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Its People Not Programs 9
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How Open Classrooms Got Started 10
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This Is the Worst Group of Kids Weve Ever Had 59
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9 Dont Need to RepairAlways Do Repair 63
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Some Never Need to RepairBut Always Do 65
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Some Always Need to RepairBut Never Do 66
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I Am Sorry That Happened 67
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The Highway Patrol 68
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10 Ability to Ignore 73
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Hey Pretzel Face 75
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Assertive Disciplinethe Problem or the Solution? 11
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Its Not What You Do Its How You Do It 13
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3 The Power of Expectations 15
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Expectations 17
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Rules 18
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Consequences 19
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We Are Still Undefeated 20
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4 Prevention versus Revenge 21
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When a Student Misbehaves 23
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Sending Students to the Office 24
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A Teachers Bag of Tricks 25
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Respect Your Students Their Parentsand Yourself 27
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TwentyFour Students on the Side of the Teacher 28
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5 High Expectationsfor Whom? 31
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Are High Expectations Important? 33
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6 Who Is the Variable? 35
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Who Is the Variable in the Classroom? 37
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Hey Whos Responsible Around Here? 38
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How Do We Deal With the Demands of Others? 40
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7 Ten Days out of Ten 43
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We Never Forget That One Time 45
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You Do Not Have to Like the Students 46
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Too Much Nice 51
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8 The Teacher Is the Filter 53
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How Is Your Day Going? 55
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When the Teacher Sneezes 56
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Where the Elite Meet? 57
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The World Outside School 58
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Ignoring Minor Errors 76
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Handling the High Achievers 78
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11 Random or Plandom? 81
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Why Does Jimmy Always Pick Billy? 83
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The Allschool Assembly 84
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12 Base Every Decision On the Best People 87
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Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted 90
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What Will My Best Students Think? 91
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My Best Students Will Be Fine No Matter What 93
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13 In Every Situation Ask Who Is Most Comfortable and Who Is Least Comfortable 95
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Treat Everyone As If They Were Good 96
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Uncomfortable Feelings Make People ChangeOne Way or Another 99
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Pay for Performance 100
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14 What About These Darn Standardized Tests? 103
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Without Success Tests Become the School 105
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Raise Those Test Scores 108
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Effective Teachers Keep Testing in Perspective 109
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So You Want to Improve Your Reading Scores? 110
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15 Make It Cool to Care 111
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Make It Cool to Care 113
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The Great Teacher 114
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Merry Christmas Everyone 115
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Who Are the Legends? 117
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Touch the Heart Then Teach the Child 118
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16 Clarifying Your Core 121
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Fourteen Things That Matter Most 125
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References 127
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Todd Whitaker 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. He is the author of fifteen educational books, including the national bestseller "What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most.

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