The Ten-Minute Inservice: 40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness
March 2013, Jossey-Bass
Busy school leaders need an easy-to-apply resource to increase teacher effectiveness quickly and efficiently. This book shows principals and staff developers how to improve teaching school-wide through high-impact inservices lasting only ten minutes—incorporated easily into weekly staff meetings. Written by popular education consultants Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux, this important book offers 40 teacher-tested, mini-workshops that can improve teaching in every classroom. The book covers a range of topics, from behavior challenges and parent engagement to motivating students and making lessons meaningful.
- Offers school leaders a proven plan to help every teacher improve on a weekly basis by conducting simple 10-minute inservice workshops
- Offers staff developers, new teacher induction coordinators, mentors, and Professional Learning Communities ideas for effective training sessions
- Each of the 40 mini-training sessions offered include tips on how to introduce the topic, sample scripts to follow, and implementation activities to ensure lasting learning
- Whitaker and Breaux are bestselling education authors with a proven track record improving teacher effectiveness
This handy resource contains a simple and effective method for improving teacher effectiveness school wide.
About the Authors vii
How to Use This Book ix
PART 1 Classroom Management 3
1 Securing Students’ Attention 5
2 Establishing Rules and Procedures 10
3 Effective Ways to Address Misbehavior 15
4 Sharing Classroom Management Tips 19
5 A Scream to Blow Off Steam 23
6 The Biggest Mistake Teachers Make 27
7 Learn to Ignore More 31
8 Simple Ways to Defuse Anger 36
PART 2 Teaching Practices 41
9 Effective Teaching, Part 1 43
10 Effective Teaching, Part 2 47
11 Bell-to-Bell Teaching 51
12 Teaching with Enthusiasm 56
13 Teaching Like a Great Coach 59
14 Be Here, There, and Everywhere 64
15 Making Lessons Meaningful 68
16 Fifty Ways to Make Learning Fun 72
PART 3 Improving School Climate 77
17 Getting Parents Involved 79
18 Greeting Students Daily 83
19 A Kind Reminder 87
20 Twenty-Five Reasons to Be Proud of Our School 91
21 Student Appreciation Week 96
22 Dealing with Negative Co-Workers 101
23 The Ten-Minute Classroom Makeover 106
24 The Teachers’ Lounge 110
25 Positive Communication with All Parents 114
PART 4 Learning from Others 119
26 Teacher Report Cards, Part 1 121
27 Teacher Report Cards, Part 2 126
28 Administrator Report Card 130
29 What’s Working for Others 134
30 Teachers Observing Teachers 139
PART 5 What Makes a Great Teacher? 145
31 Making Student-Based Decisions 147
32 Because I Like You 152
33 Professionalism Is as Professionalism Does 155
34 Shifting Your Focus 161
35 The Miracle of Smiling 166
36 Are You All Right? 170
37 Your Favorite Teacher 174
38 Your Least Favorite Teacher 178
39 The Psychology of an Apology 181
40 A Teacher’s Creed 185
A Final Word 198
TODD WHITAKER, Ph.D., is professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University. A leading presenter in the field of education, he has devoted his career to researching effective teachers and principals. He is the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently and What Great Principals Do Differently.
ANNETTE BREAUX is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker. Her previous books include the national bestseller 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors. She has coauthored books with both Harry Wong and Todd Whitaker.
"Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux offer concise, practical
suggestions for reinforcing effective teaching practices. The
Ten-Minute Inservice is a powerful resource for school leaders
who want to make the most of every opportunity to promote growth
and improve school climate."
—Justin Baeder, director, The Principal Center
"An integral piece of building teacher capacity is the
transformation of faculty meetings, from a time for sitting and
listening to an opportunity for reflecting and learning. Whitaker
and Breaux demonstrate how simply that can be done with quick,
easily implemented inservice activities that focus on the
fundamentals of teaching."
—John G. Gabriel, principal, John Champe High School, Loudoun County, Virginia; coauthor, Dealing with the Tough Stuff
“Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux offer concise, practical suggestions for reinforcing effective teaching practices. The Ten-Minute Inservice is a powerful resource for school leaders who want to make the most of every opportunity to promote growth and improve school climate.”
—Justin Baeder, director, The Principal Center
The Ten-Minute Inservice
40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness
By Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux
San Francisco, CA – Administrators and staff developers’ days are crammed full of meetings, projects and crises, yet they’re still responsible for finding ways to maximize teacher effectiveness and support the professional development of their staff. Many school leaders face the common problem of having too much to do and not enough time to do it – thus they struggle to find time to provide the guidance necessary to help teachers improve their skills. However, since great teachers inspire great student achievement, improving teaching skills is vital.
THE TEN-MINUTE INSERVICE (February 2013, Jossey-Bass, also available in ebook format) provides a much-needed solution to this ongoing challenge. It shows busy principals and staff developers how to improve teaching school wide by conducting quick and effective 10-minute inservices . Each inservice is simple, meaningful, and doable.
Written by popular education consultants Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux, the book includes 40 mini-training sessions designed to have an immediate impact on teaching and learning. Each inservice includes simple tips on how to introduce the topic, sample scripts for teaching the lesson, and implementation activities to ensure that the lesson learned is lasting.
The inservices address common teacher challenges such as:
- Dealing with behavior challenges
- Engaging students
- Motivating students
- Making lessons meaningful
- Communicating with parents
- Dealing with negative co-workers, and more…
THE TEN MINUTE INSERVICE shows school leaders how to create an environment where teachers look forward to staff meetings, where they walk away from each meeting feeling more effective and more excited than they were when they walked in. It also helps administrators and staff developers to become more effective instructional leaders.
THE TEN-MINUTE INSERVICE is the must-have resource for any school leader who wants to improve teacher effectiveness school wide in the most efficient way possible.