What are the beliefs and behaviors that set great teachers apart? In this internationally renowned bestseller, Todd Whitaker reveals 19 keys to becoming more effective in the classroom.

This essential third edition features new sections on why it’s about more than relationships, how to focus on a consistent, engaging learning environment, and the importance of choosing the right mode—business, parent, child—to improve your classroom management.

Perfect for educators at any level of experience, for independent reading or for schoolwide book studies, this practical book will leave you feeling inspired and ready to do the things that matter most for the people who matter most—your students.


chapter 1|5 pages

Why Look at Great?

chapter 2|6 pages

It’s People, Not Programs

chapter 3|5 pages

The Power of Expectations

chapter 4|6 pages

If You Say Something, Mean It

chapter 5|7 pages

Prevention versus Revenge

chapter 6|8 pages

It Is More Than Relationships

chapter 7|9 pages

Choose the Right Mode

chapter 8|3 pages

High Expectations—for Whom?

chapter 9|5 pages

Who Is the Variable?

chapter 10|6 pages

Focus on Students First

chapter 11|8 pages

Ten Days Out of Ten

chapter 12|7 pages

Be the Filter

chapter 13|7 pages

Don’t Need to Repair—Always Do Repair

chapter 14|5 pages

The Ability to Ignore

chapter 15|4 pages


chapter 16|6 pages

Base Every Decision on the Best People

chapter 18|5 pages

Put Yourself in Their Position

chapter 19|6 pages

What About These Darn Standardized Tests?

chapter 20|8 pages

Make It Cool to Care

chapter 21|3 pages

Clarify Your Core