- Series: Eye on Education Books
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (July 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415733464
- ISBN-13: 978-0415733465
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The 3rd Edition of Dealing with Difficult Teachers is one of Todd's greatest books yet. He provides a plethora of new strategies guaranteed to strengthen the weakest of school cultures that are brought down by ineffective staff members. Todd leaves readers with best practices aimed at doing what's best for kids all day, every day."
--Brad Currie, Co-founder of #Satchat and New Jersey School Administrator
"School administrators must read this book! Whitaker cohesively equips school leaders to confidently deal with difficult teachers while empowering "superstar" teachers through autonomy and recognition. New to this edition, Strategy Sessions guide proactive solutions and responses for administrators to foster positive learning atmospheres instead of allowing problems and negativity to dominate our school cultures."
--Darin Jolly, Education Consultant and Principal of Winona High School, Texas
About the Author
Todd Whitaker is a leading presenter in the field of education and the author of more than 30 books for teachers and school leaders. He is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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Whitaker's thesis is essentially this: Because school leaders are often not taught to deal with difficult teachers in their leadership programs, and because new leaders often step into schools rife with ineffective teachers and a harmful environment, they must be given advice on how to use a number of methods (what Whitaker calls the "shotgun approach") in order to achieve one of the following results: 1. Make difficult teachers more effective, often through making them uncomfortable; 2. Minimize their influence on other teachers, especially newer staff members; and/or 3. Find ways to remove the difficult teacher from the school.
One prevailing adage that Whitaker uses throughout the book is this: Always assume that difficult teachers want to do what is right. If leaders treat teachers with this assumption, and act professionally in all interactions with them, the leaders will earn the respect of the other staff and can feel they did everything they could to rectify the situation.
One other message Whitaker makes loud and clear throughout the book: always do right by the students. All decisions school leaders make will have an impact on the learning environment. If a teacher is not helping the students, they are hurting them. There is no place in a school for difficult teachers; holding onto them too long, or letting their negativity influence the rest of the staff, can destroy whatever positive impact on the school the leader is trying to impart. The wisdom found in this book will provide school leaders with helpful advice for improving the school.
<i>Dealing with Difficult Teachers</i> is as vital a book as any that I have read in the education leadership genre, and one that I know I will revisit often as I continue my career in education.