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On The Bookshelf….. ………………………... So Many Books, So Little Time!. What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most , by Todd Whitaker People Styles at Work: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better , by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton
What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most, by Todd Whitaker
People Styles at Work: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better, by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, by Robert Marzano
This short book is about “what great teachers do that sets them apart. Clarifying what the best educators do, and then practicing it ourselves,” it purports, “can move us into their ranks.” It offers 14 chapters that examine different elements of effective teaching styles. Chapter titles include “It’s People, Not Programs”, “Prevention Versus Revenge”, “Who is the Variable?”, and “The Teacher is the Filter”.
5. Great teachers know who is the variable in the classroom: They are. Good teachers consistently strive to improve, and they focus on something they can control—their own performance.
Chapter 1: “She was absolutely phenomenal—the teacher you wish your own children …could have. Her spark and energy never gave out. One day I asked her how she managed to stay inspired. She replied, ‘This is my 38th year teaching fifth grade, but for these students, it’s the first time around.’”
Chapter 2: “If my third-grade daughter has a great teacher, I think highly of her school. Otherwise, I see her school as less than stellar… There are two ways to improve a school significantly: get better teachers and improve the teachers in the school. We spend a lot of time and energy looking for programs that will solve our problems…Believe me, if there were such a program, it would already be in place in our schools.”
Chapter 5: “The variable is not what teachers expect of students; many teachers of all skill levels have high expectations for students. The variable—and what really matters—is what teachers expect of themselves. Great teachers have high expectations for students, but even higher expectations for themselves.”
Chapter 6: “Great teachers know who is the variable in the classroom: They are.”
“Clearly, the best teachers accept responsibility for their classrooms and the worst teachers do not…Some teachers lament, ‘This is the worst group of students I’ve ever had!’ Others rise to the challenge of making every class their best.”
Chapter 7: “As educators, our role is to take a positive approach—ten days out of ten…Effective teachers treat everyone with respect, every day. Even the best teachers may not like all their students—but they act is if they do. And great teachers understand the power of praise.”
“To be effective, praise must be authentic, specific, immediate, clean, and private.”
“Authentic doesn’t mean that it is earth-shattering or that it is a magnificent accomplishment. The only requirement is that it be true. You don’t need to wait until your friend loses 55 pounds before you compliment him. He won’t mind hearing that he’s looking good after just ten days of puffing around the track! (In fact, that may be when he most needs to hear it.)”
Behavior in the Workplace
A person’s style is his or her pattern of assertive and responsive behavior. The pattern is useful in predicting how the person prefers to work with others.
……………… More likely to lean backward when stating opinions
…………. More likely to be erect or lean forward when stating opinions
…….. Less use of hands when talking
… More use of hands when talking
……………… Demonstrates less energy
…………. Demonstrates more energy
…….. More controlled body movement
….. More flowing body movement
…………Less forceful gestures
….. More forceful gestures
…….. Less facial expressiveness
…. More facial expressiveness
…… Louder voice
…….. Appears more serious
…… Appears more fun-loving
……………… More likely to ask questions
…………. More likely to make statements
…….. Less inflection in voice
……… More inflection in voice
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Assertive People Cont.
More assertive people have most but not necessarily all of these characteristics.
More responsive people have most, but not necessarily all, of these characteristics.