Highly effective teachers have something in common: They do simple things extraordinarily well—simple, uncomplicated things on a daily basis. In this new book by bestselling authors and presenters Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker, you’ll learn the secrets of these tried-and-true techniques that will help to improve your teaching, your students’ learning, and your students’ behavior. Annette and Todd, who have years of experience working in schools across the globe, reveal 75 easily-implemented strategies that will improve teaching and instruction, classroom management, student motivation, student achievement, parent communication, and more--with no new programs! Each tip provides practical takeaways that can be used immediately and with remarkable success.
Table of Contents
1. Win a Free Meal by Swallowing Negative Words 2. Ask Yourself 5 Questions 3. Make One Lesson More Fun! 4. Learn ONE Important Thing About Each Student 5. Change the Expression on Your Face 6. Leave ONE Compliment a Day 7. Ask for Student Feedback on the Lesson 8. Assign Two Purposes to Your Desk 9. Greet Every Student Every Day 10. Help Students to Follow Instructions 11. Never Miss a Birthday 12. Invite an Administrator into Your Room 13. Don’t Take Student Behavior Personally 14. Say 3 Nice Things to the Student Who Aggravates You Most 15. Post a Simple Sign Telling Why You’re a Teacher 16. Have Students Create a Student Wall 17. Designate an Hour a Day for Paperwork 18. Give Stickers! 19. Speed Up the Slow Starters 20. Make Participation Less Stressful for Students 21. Defuse a Negative Coworker 22. Befriend a New Teacher 23. Become Better Organized in 10 Minutes! 24. Get a Free Classroom Makeover 25. Try the "Have You Noticed" Trick 26. Shift Your Focus 27. Convince Your Students… 28. Know the Simple Dos and Don’ts of Social Media 29. Get Free Ideas via Twitter 30. Compliment the Custodian 31. Ask for Student Feedback on Your Teaching 32. Sell What You’re Teaching! 33. Let Students Run a Project from Start to Finish 34. Use ONE Piece of Test Data to Improve Your Effectiveness 35. Act More Enthusiastic Than You Feel 36. Delegate Classroom Duties 37. Observe Other Teachers 38. Simplify Your Management Plan 39. Shorten Classroom Activities 40. Hold Classroom Raffles 41. Invite Outsiders In 42. Laugh with Your Students 43. Stop Trying to Be Perfect 44. Don’t Let Students Know When They Get to You 45. Call a Parent with Good News! 46. Become More "REAL" to Your Students 47. Keep Your Outside Struggles Outside of the Classroom 48. Ignore the Little Things 49. Meet with Students Individually 50. Brag About Your Students 51. Act Like a Recruiter 52. Let the Emojis Speak 53. Participate in Students’ Lives 54. Be Available to Your Students 55. Help Students to Set Personal Goals 56. Display a Teacher’s Creed 57. Make it Easy to Ask for Help 58. Reinvent Yourself Overnight! 59. Let the Games Begin! 60. Tell Students You Don’t Hold Grudges 61. Be the Most Professional Teacher in the School 62. Teach Students How to Think, Not What to Think 63. Make it Okay to Make a Mistake 64. Tell What You Like About Each 65. Give Student the Benefit of the Doubt 66. Teach Like a Great Coach 67. Give an Exit Ticket 68. Control Your Body Language 69. Determine the Origin of the Problem 70. Send One Note, Per Class, Per Day 71. Keep Students Engaged from Bell to Bell 72. Shake Things Up! 73. Thank Students for Being in Your Class 74. Call Every Student by Name, Every Day 75. Channel Your Favorite Teacher
Annette Breaux (@AnnetteBreaux) is a well-known speaker and consultant in education today. She is a former classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and Teacher Induction Coordinator. She has written several bestsellers including 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors, Seven Simple Secrets: What the BEST Teachers Know and Do, and 50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior.
Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker) is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri. He is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 50 books including the national bestsellers What Great Teachers Do Differently and Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher, co-written with Madeline Whitaker and Katherine Whitaker.