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ISBN-13: 978-1596671997 ISBN-10: 1596671998 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596671998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596671997
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book recommended for new teachers and veterans.
Albert
This book is short, clear and to the point, and very easy to read.
R.P.G.
If you truly want to be a great teacher this is the read for you!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lance Bledsoe on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I do not own a copy of this second edition book, but I do own a copy of the first edition ("14 Things") which I bought used on Amazon for $5. I was and am very pleased with the book, as it has a lot of good insights from someone with a lot of experience as a teacher, administrator, and researcher; I was happy to pay $5 for it.

But given the length of the book (144 pages officially, though the first edition includes a number of blank filler pages), the $30 cover price is way too high. I think $20 would be reasonable for a brand new paperback copy, and $10 for an e-book.

I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Whitaker speak on this topic at a teacher workshop I attended, and he was excellent. He's a wonderful speaker and writer, and this is a good book, it's just not worth $30.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R.P.G. on May 10, 2013
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I purchased the Kindle version - which has worked out great. Whitaker presents what he has observed to be the best examples of successful teachers. Many of the chapters focus on what is generally common sense, but as Whitaker explains are either overlooked or not practiced by less effective teachers. I think this common sense approach may be what another reviewer is referring to when they felt there was a tone of condescension. For example, he argues that while many teachers give lip service to running a student-based, their teaching styles are decidedly not student-based. He also argues for teachers to be more proactive, positive, and self-accountability. This book is short, clear and to the point, and very easy to read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By amanda b on January 25, 2013
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This book was assigned for an Education class that I took and it was the best book about teaching I've ever read! The chapters were short and had great life experience stories in them! It's sad to say, but I learned more from reading this book than I did sitting in that Education class for 16 weeks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lyle on November 17, 2014
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The book "What Great Teachers Do Differently 17 Things that Matter Most", by Todd Whitaker provided and educator with wisdom and advice regarding how to be a great teacher. Whitaker has been fortunate enough to have had a multitude of experiences in education and his now passing along his inspiration about the importance of teaching, and being a great one. Currently Whitaker is a professor at Indiana State University. Prior to becoming a professor, Whitaker was a math teacher and basketball coach as well as served as a principal. He has written over 10 books - with this one being one of his best!

"What Great Teachers Do Differently 17 Things that Matter Most", is written in three different perspectives that Whitaker has experienced.

1) Through the perspective of his research studies in the effectiveness of a school principal.
2) Through the perspective of him being a consultant and what insight he has gained that leads to success.
3) The perspective of his own experience as a teacher and principal.

Whitaker recognized that there is a distinction between an `average' teacher and an `effective' teacher. What great teachers do sets them apart from others. It is important to keep in mind that he understands it is important to look at `great' because " we find value in examining what effective teachers do that other teachers do not". Whitaker describes the interactions, beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes of great teachers and what they do differently - narrowed down to 17 things that every teacher should do. He identifies differences between the more effective and the less effective teachers. Each chapter explains one of the 17 things that set great teachers apart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Jo Wood on October 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Bulls***, clichéd, bullet point, glib, soundbite ideas about being a teacher. Very arrogant, condescending tone. I tried to find out how many years Whitaker spent in the classroom--hmmm, nothing mentioned. As a teacher, I found this book offensive and wondered if Whitaker was just trying to become famous and make money from speaking engagements--a shallow assessment of what it means to be a teacher. Light the fire in your fireplace with this book. I did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth Warren on April 9, 2014
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This is a great book for teachers. Everything is simply stated and concise. It's a great framework with which to create your own personal teaching philosophy. Too often as teachers we see things that are presented as a "silver bullet" that will fix everything. This book shows that there are no silver bullets, only hard work and strong character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MC on January 15, 2013
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If you need some teaching inspiration in a jiffy this is the book for you. Good points and light reading--nice to read something that validates what great teaching looks like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mommmmy on January 26, 2013
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The synopsis at the end of each chapter really sums up the entire chapter. It is ine, but could have been written in one page.
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