• What Great Teachers Do Differently

  • 17 Things That Matter Most, Second Edition
  • By: Todd Whitaker
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Categories: Education & Learning
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the second edition of this renowned book, you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration from one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. With wit and understanding, Todd Whitaker describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and explains what they do differently. New features include: 

  • Meaning what you say 
  • Focusing on students first 
  • Putting yourself in their position
©2007 Taylor & Francis (P)2019 Tantor

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Short and Useful

As a 4th year teacher, I agree with everything mentioned in this book. I love how honest the author is and how well he explained his reasoning. All educators can benefit from reading this short book.

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insightful

very insightful, I admire his approach, the way he connects with students, and how much he respects them and is true to himself

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poor narration

the narration was terrible.. I almost could not listen. the content of the book was ok

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Although I think this is a book all educators should read, it's narration was very bland and the key points are more of a paintbrush rather than specific nuanced skills. At the same time, it has a lot of value. I liked the list of main ideas and there are parts of this book I am definitely going to remember again in the future; I may even make a list of them. However, maybe it makes a better printed text, but the whole time I just kept thinking there was going to be more to it?

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like a friendly slap in the face

It reminds your of the reasons you got into teaching and calls on you (hand raised or not) to answer that call. It has great and actionable, common sense steps to get you back on track. I hope I can start applying it Monday!

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not for me

i just had a hard time following this book. i couldn't get really into it.

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  • 05-03-20

Reassuring for high performers

For teachers or student teachers it's a reassuring and motivating listen, outlining principles to work and live by