1st Edition

How to Get All Teachers to Become Like the Best Teachers

By Todd Whitaker Copyright 2025
    168 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    168 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    There are dramatic differences in the quality of teachers in every school. Every building has teachers who consistently engage students and deliver high quality instruction. Every building also has teachers with varying ranges of ability. If all teachers could be more like the best teachers, then we would have significant improvement in every school.

    In this important book, Todd Whitaker demonstrates how this can really be achieved. With inspiration, humor, and practical advice, Whitaker shares the qualities of the best teachers and how we can teach these qualities to others. He shows how the best teachers emphasize the learning relationship; focus only on what they can influence; and use effective classroom management involving filtering, proximity, redirection, and business mode. He then explains how we can coach other teachers by showing, not telling; by creating subcultures and learning experiences; and by leading the way. Finally, Whitaker describes the importance of hiring highly talented people who form new lines rather than fall in line. He provides strategies for asking the right interview questions, for choosing the right mentors, and for selecting the best hosts for student teachers. 

    No matter how education changes, there are always outstanding teachers making a difference. We can grow our schools by helping even more teachers become exceptional.

    Part 1: Can We Really Help All Teachers Become Like The Best Teachers?  1. First The Big Picture, Then The Real Picture  2. The Teacher Is The Variable That Matters The Most (By Far)  3. How Great Teachers Look At The World: Hint – You Can Do It Too.  Part 2: Hiring Exceptional Teachers  4. Two Core Ways To Increase Teacher Quality In Your Setting: Let’s Start With Hiring Highly Talented Teachers  5. The Number One Goal In Hiring  6. The Construction of Induction  7. Improve The Pool and Our Pool - Student Teaching  Part 3: Improving The Teachers We Have  8. Teaching The Teachers  9. The Specificity of Teaching Classroom Management  10. The Power of Proximity  11. The One Best Way  12. Teach Me How to Filter, Please  13. The Emotional Modes  Part 4: Timeless Truths and New Learnings  14. The Learning Relationship  15. The Eyes (and Ears) Have It  16. Understanding High Achievers  17. The Bottom Line on How to Get to The Top

    Biography

    Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker) is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 60 books including the bestseller What Great Teachers Do Differently. He is a former teacher, coach, principal, and professor of educational leadership.