NCMSA10: Todd Whitaker Keynote

MY NOTES IN ALL CAPS

Professor of Ed Leadership Indiana St. University
What Great Teachers Do Differently

2 time Middle School Principal
6th grader: runs everywhere…when they get there hits someone
7th grader: runs everywhere…when they get there “grabs” someone
8th grader: heh, I’m way too cool to run…

Todd says middle school is kind of where his maturity stuck…

Difficult teachers don’t come to things like this…so he knows he won’t be dealing with difficult teachers today

“The people who need to be here, aren’t here…” Let’s be thankful…if most negative person in your school walked in you’d put on garlic necklace and make sure they wouldn’t come near…

Amazing how much power we give away to difficult/negative people

What is it Great Teachers Do Different? What do Great Principals…media specialists…APs…etc…do differently?

As a principal he was in cafeteria daily so lunch ended when lunch ended…not w/ a conference at 3:30

Survey teachers about effectiveness of principal…go to schools w/ most effective and least effective principals

Looking at the same things most effective and least effective folks do doesn’t help…it’s the “something else”

Poor Lecturer’s Classroom – worst of those three words…Poor…there are good lecturers…the poor ones have no idea how they’re coming across to their audience…

Teachers that can figure out how to be effective on their own…have already figured it out…they all do the best they know how…no teacher says I think I’ll wait until 2014 to get these students to the proficiency they need

People do the best they know how…including parents…AND students…

If we want change, we can either Teach and Model it…or we can whine about it…

SOUNDS LIKE CHOOSING YOUR ATTITUDE FROM FISH PHILOSOPHY

Treat people as if they were good…Good people like it, bad people are uncomfortable…rather than treating people as if they were bad…bad people like it, and good folks are uncomfortable…

Shift the Monkey…instead of good people feeling the burden, the folks that need to change feel the burden…doesn’t happen enough

If we stand by and watch, the uncomfortable group gets bigger and bigger…

Imagine a game where a parent is being a knucklehead…instead of staring while they’re yelling, sit by them and have a good conversation…shifts the discomfort to that person rather than those around him

Teach every teacher to see EVERY kid in the hallway EVERY time you see them: “Hi, can I help you?”

Looping
Great teachers looping…we want more of it…
Bad teachers looping…we cut the program…
It’s not looping…it’s the teachers…

We do the same thing with teachers…send a note saying “some teachers haven’t sent in grades”…focus on the ones that have the issue…

Who does more than any other teacher in your school: the best teacher
Who does the least: the worst teacher…
And it’s true…

Great teachers have an intention list about everything they do…may seem random, but it’s all intentional…

Coffee can full of names…great teachers don’t always call the name that’s on the slip of paper…some teachers will never figure that out

Teach your teachers right from wrong…

New Teacher Goal…for your school to become more like your new teacher, not to make your new teacher more like your school

Who’s responsible for climate of your school: Great Principal: I am…Poor Principal: The teachers, the students, everyone…Great Principals know what their role is…

Good teacher gives test, kids do poorly: Good teacher blames him/herself
Poor teacher gives test, kids do poorly: Blames anyone and everyone else…

Comparing school excuses to car mechanics using them…

10 days out of 10
Treat every student w/ dignity and respect every day, all the time
Positive Approach Every Day, All of the Time

Great teachers compare themselves to perfection…others compare other people to perfection
High expectations for students doesn’t have any impact…even worst teacher expects kids to learn, no matter how poorly they teach

Every student started this school year already knowing how to argue
Nevers
argue
yell
never use sarcasm

Great classrooms, the teacher determines what students will do next…poor classroom, students determine what teacher will do next

Great teachers have incredible ability to “ignore”
Classroom management has more to do with “class” than with management

Never use sarcasm…humiliate someone in front of peers with the intent of humor…kids always laugh because they don’t want to be next…

Have to treat the kids good ALL YEAR LONG…most teachers start the year that way…and make it to Halloween…or Thanksgiving…or Maybe Christmas…few make it all year long…

HAVING TO END THESE NOTES EARLY DUE TO BATTERY LIFE AND MY PRESENTATION IN A FEW MINUTES…GREAT SESSION TODD…HAVE TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES LATER TO DECOMPRESS FROM THIS ONE…LOTS OF GOOD INFORMATION…

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