3rd Edition

What Great Teachers Do Differently Nineteen Things That Matter Most

By Todd Whitaker Copyright 2020
    150 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    150 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    What are the beliefs and behaviors that set great teachers apart? In this internationally renowned bestseller, Todd Whitaker reveals 19 keys to becoming more effective in the classroom.

    This essential third edition features new sections on why it’s about more than relationships, how to focus on a consistent, engaging learning environment, and the importance of choosing the right mode—business, parent, child—to improve your classroom management.

    Perfect for educators at any level of experience, for independent reading or for schoolwide book studies, this practical book will leave you feeling inspired and ready to do the things that matter most for the people who matter most—your students.



    Meet the Author


    Chapter 1 Why Look at Great?

    Studying Effective Teachers

    Chapter 2 It’s People, Not Programs

    Programs Come and Go

    How Open Classrooms Got Started

    Assertive Discipline: The Problem or the Solution?

    It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It

    The Poor Lecturer’s Classroom

    Chapter 3 The Power of Expectations



    Stop the Thumping!


    Set Expectations at the Start of the Year

    We Are Still Undefeated

    Chapter 4 If You Say Something, Mean It

    The Football Coach

    This Time, I Really Mean It

    Smile When You Say That

    When You Are Ready

    From Four to Three

    Class Rules the Day

    Chapter 5 Prevention versus Revenge

    When a Student Misbehaves

    Sending Students to the Office

    "Nuthin’ Happened"

    A Teacher’s Bag of Tricks

    Respect Your Students, Their Parents—and Yourself

    Twenty-Four Students on the Side of the Teacher

    Restoring Trust

    Chapter 6 It Is More Than Relationships

    Relationships, Expectations, and Consistency

    The Start of the School Year

    Teaching Is Complicated

    It Takes All Three

    Chapter 7 Choose The Right Mode

    The Disruptor

    At Home

    Every Day

    Business Mode

    Office Referral

    Chapter 8 High Expectations—for Whom?

    Are High Expectations Important?

    Chapter 9 Who Is the Variable?

    Who Is the Variable in the Classroom?

    What If the Students Do Poorly?

    How Do We Deal with the Demands of Others?

    Chapter 10 Focus on Students First

    Change for Students’ Sake?

    How Broad Is Your Vision?

    Three Ways to React

    Focus on Colleagues Second

    The Hotel California

    Remember What Matters

    How Do You View Your Siam?

    Chapter 11 Ten Days Out of Ten

    We Never Forget That One Time

    You Do Not Have to Like the Students

    The Power of Praise

    Five Strategies That Help Praise Work

    Too Much Nice

    Chapter 12 Be the Filter

    How Is Your Day Going?

    The Angry Parent

    Filter Yourself

    When the Teacher Sneezes

    One Goal, Every Day

    Where the Elite Meet?

    The World Outside School

    "This Is the Worst Group of Kids We’ve Ever Had"

    Perception Can Become Reality

    Chapter 13 Don’t Need to Repair—Always Do Repair

    Some Never Need to Repair—But Always Do

    Some Always Need to Repair—But Never Do

    I Am Sorry That Happened

    The Highway Patrol

    Chapter 14 The Ability to Ignore

    Hey, Pretzel Face!

    Ignore Minor Errors

    Understand the High Achievers

    Chapter 15 Intentionalness

    Why Does Stefan Always Pick Noah?

    The All-School Assembly

    The Faculty Meeting

    Flexible Seating

    Chapter 16 Base Every Decision on the Best People

    Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted!

    This Means You!

    What Will the Best Students Think?

    The Best Students Will Be "Fine" No Matter What

    The Teacher’s Pet

    Chapter 17 In Every Situation, Ask Who Is Most Comfortable and Who Is Least Comfortable

    Treat Everyone as If They Were Good

    Uncomfortable Feelings Make People Change—One Way or Another

    Pay for Performance

    Chapter 18 Put Yourself in Their Position

    Teacher Pleasers

    Model the Behavior You Expect

    How Others See Us

    What Do You Choose to Be?

    Chapter 19 What About These Darn Standardized Tests?

    Without Success, Tests Become the School

    Raise Those Test Scores!

    Keep Testing in Perspective

    So, You Want to Improve Your Reading Scores?

    Chapter 20 Make It Cool to Care

    Having a "Cool" Classroom

    The Great Teacher

    Merry Christmas, Everyone!

    Who Are the Legends?

    Touch the Heart, Then Teach the Child

    Chapter 21 Clarify Your Core

    Nineteen Things That Matter Most



    Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker) is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 50 books including the bestseller What Great Principals Do Differently. He is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri.

    "The book is full of salient reminders for all teachers, regardless of the number of years spent in the profession. … Whitaker deserves commendation for his ability to weave his professional knowledge and personal experiences together to create an individualized book full of opportunities for reflective thinking about things that matter most."--S. Mia Obiwo and Diane Truscott, Teachers College Record, February 16, 2021, https://www.tcrecord.org 

    "What Great Teachers Do Differently will challenge your thinking; give you the impetus to become an even better teacher; might reaffirm your teaching philosophy and methodology; inspire you. Most of all, it will remind you that “Every teacher makes an impact. Great teachers make a difference.” (p.126) Be that teacher!"--Linda Biondi, MiddleWeb Review, February 18, 2021, https://www.middleweb.com/44638/nineteen-things-great-teachers-do-differently