I’m at Day 2 of CAMT today, but I wanted to share about an AMAZING speaker I heard yesterday. I should have known I was in for a treat when the line to get in the auditorium was around the corner and down the hall 30 minutes before his session started! The title of his presentation was What Great Teachers Do Differently. It was fast paced and hilarious! I mean this guy could seriously be a stand up comic. In between all the jokes, though, he was very thought provoking. Some of the points I really liked:
If kids come to us lacking something (social skills, behavior management, etc.), we can either whine about it or fix it.
In a great teacher’s classroom, nothing happens randomly. Everything is intentional.
Great teachers have the ability to ignore. Ignore does not mean empathize, criticize, or roll your eyes.
Great teachers accept responsibility.
But probably my favorite thought of the day was his 10 Days Out of 10 rule, which basically states that every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect every day. Period. Along with that he listed 3 things that have absolutely no place in a school environment:
Update April 2013: You might also like this post on Todd Whitaker’s new book, The Ten-Minute Inservice: 40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness.