I was first introduced to Todd Whitaker at CAMT back in 2012. I suspected 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!
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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:
I purchased his book right after the conference and devoured it! He published the 3rd Edition in 2020, and it’s on my reading list for this summer. I’ll call it my 10 Year Refresher Course!