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Great Teaching
What Matters Most in Helping Students Succeed


April 2004 | 120 pages | Corwin

"Great Teaching offers a compass for teachers seeking direction, reorientation, and renewal. DiGiulio strips away the distractions and has put together an exceedingly readable, valuable, and affirming guide for preservice and classroom teachers to reflect upon their practice."
Alan Canestrari, Assistant Professor of Education
Roger Williams University

Discover what makes you a great teacher--and what makes teaching great!

Did you know that you are a great teacher? Amid the parents and the paperwork, the assessments and accountability, the evaluations and the e-mail, many teachers can't find time to reflect on, much less assess, their own teaching. This concise guide brings teaching back to its fundamental roots, proving that how you teach is just as important as what you teach.

Great Teaching focuses on the core skills and qualities of great teachers--like caring, enthusiasm, clarity, and questioning--and then shows teachers how to find those skills and qualities within themselves. Drawing on his 33 years of experience, DiGiulio has developed specific techniques for:

  • Assessing yourself and identifying your strengths
  • Distilling your workload to the essentials and fundamentals
  • Learning from your colleagues and planning cooperatively
  • Using an 8-step framework to redefine your view of teaching

Get back to basics, realize that less is more, and flourish as you develop the skills and qualities that make you the great teacher that you are!


 
Preface
What This Book Is, and Is Not

 
A Word About Schools

 
And a Word About Teachers

 
 
Reviewer Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction: What Makes a Skillful, Caring Teacher?
Great Teaching is Still Great Teaching (And It's the Teaching that Matters Most!)

 
"But we hardly have the time!"

 
First Self Assessment: What Can be Tossed, What Must be Kept

 
The Complete Teacher: Knowledge and Skills and Qualities

 
Key Teacher Skills and Qualities

 
 
2. Key Teacher Skills: What Teachers Do
Key Teacher Skills, Prior to Teaching

 
Key Teacher Skills, While Teaching

 
Key Teacher Skills, After Teaching

 
Growing in Teaching: Key Teacher Skills Self-Assessment

 
 
3. Key Teacher Qualities: How Teachers Do It
Key Teacher Quality #1--Efficacy

 
Key Teacher Quality #2--Caring

 
Growing in Teaching: Key Teacher Qualities Self-Assessment

 
 
4. Summary and Conclusion: Beyond Great to Memorable
Summary of Skills and Qualities Checklists

 
Plans of Action

 
Follow-up Assessment

 
Conclusion

 
 
Resources
Guidelines for student success in academics and socialization: A school-wide qualitative assessment

 
 
References
 
Index

Great Teaching offers a compass for teachers seeking direction, reorientation, and renewal. DiGiulio strips away the distractions and has put together an exceedingly readable, valuable, and affirming guide for preservice and classroom teachers to reflect upon their practice.

Alan Canestrari, Assistant Professor of Education
Roger Williams University

Finally . . . a forthright, down-to-earth look at what is really important in our schools and in our society: great teachers and great teaching!

Marilyn Page, Social Studies Education/Curriculum and Instruction
The Pennsylvania State University

Great Teaching is packed with tips that speak directly to the nitty gritty reality of classrooms, helping teachers to be skillful and thoughtful in creating conditions for the teaching-learning compact.

Susan Ohanian, Senior Fellow
Vermont Society for the Study of Education

Finally! Someone who acknowledges the vital skills that good teachers possess. We need this type of acknowledgment more often.

Diane Wolfe, Special Education Teacher Trainer
New York City Board of Education

Bravo! This is a true educator’s handbook. This book finally puts in print what is a quality teacher, providing quality education. This should be the Bible for every educator’s library!

Pricilla Fisk, Interim Acting Assistant Principal
I.S. 96--Seth Low Intermediate School, Brooklyn, NY

Amid the ‘high-stakes’ climate of public education today, DiGiulio’s gem of a book reminds us of far more important outcomes than politicized test scores. Plain and simple, the book resonates with common sense.

Gregg Humphrey, Director of Elementary Education
Middlebury College
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