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What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most (2nd Edition)

What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most (2nd Edition) by Todd Whitaker, PhD

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What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most (2nd Edition) by Todd Whitaker, PhD

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

One of the nation’s leading experts on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd Whitaker has written over 20 powerful books for educators of every level. Discover what you can do differently.


  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
  20. Seventeen Things That Matter Most


Todd Whitaker, PhD, has always strived to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. 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.

Prior to moving into higher education, Whitaker was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. He then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, employee morale, and teacher and principal effectiveness, Whitaker has written 30 books, including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey, Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Teaching Matters, Great Quotes for Great Educators, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents. Whitaker lives with his wife Beth, a former teacher and principal currently working as a professor of elementary education at Indiana State University, and three children, Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.

[Author: Todd Whitaker, PhD]

[CODE: TF-1997]

[Published: October 2011]

[Extent: 144 Pages]

[Age Suitability: All]


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