The Total Teacher
Understanding the Three Dimensions that Define Effective Educators
What are the keys to thriving as an educator? This insightful book from bestselling author Danny Steele reveals how the most effective teachers are well-rounded and three-dimensional: (1) grounded in the technical side (classroom management, instruction, and professional growth); (2) dedicated to the relationship work (the purpose of what we do); and (3) committed to the vital role they play in building the school’s culture. The book is organized into three sections, one for each dimension, and provides strategies, inspirational stories, and helpful examples from educators who are doing the work. Perfect for new and experienced teachers, this unique book will help you reflect on the art of being a teacher so you can enhance your professional practice.
Table of Contents
Part I: 1st Dimension - The Technical Perspective 1. Managing the Classroom 2. Creating the Climate 3. Focusing on the Instruction 4. Making a Professional Commitment Part II: 2nd Dimension - The Relational Perspective 5. Remembering Your Purpose 6.Knowing Your Students 7. Building Relationships Part III: 3rd Dimension - The School Cultural Perspective 8. Transforming Your School Conclusion Epilogue The 4th Dimension - Self-Care
Danny Steele (@steelethoughts) is a principal from Birmingham, Alabama, and has worked in public education for over 27 years. In 2016, he was named Alabama’s Secondary Principal of the Year. He has presented at numerous state and national conferences, and writes an educational leadership blog that has received over 5 million page views.
"Danny Steele understands that effective classroom teachers demonstrate competence that is married to moral commitments. The multi-dimensional approach he describes in The Total Teacher is a breath of fresh air in a world of teacher preparation that becomes easily fixated on demonstrating competency alone."--Anna McEwan, Ph.D., Dean of Education, Samford University, Birmingham, AL