Approaches challenges and changes positively in a problem-solving manner.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers participate in positive professional dialogue, assume a shared responsibility for examining problems, and identify and implement strategies for improvement within the school and educational system.

What Effective Teachers Consider

How can I embrace, rather than tolerate, initiatives from school and district administration? In what ways can I express my concerns to the appropriate people in the appropriate way with alternative, positive suggestions for improving? Do I help others focus on the positive aspects of the change or challenge facing the grade level, program, or school community?

  • Learning with Blogs and Wikis (Bill Ferriter, Educational Leadership: How Teachers Learn, Volume 66, Number 5, pp. 34-38, February 2009)
    This article discusses how technology has made it easy for educators to embrace continual professional development.
  • The Significance of Grit (Deborah Perkins-Gough, Educational Leadership, September 2013.)
    In this interview with Educational Leadership, Duckworth describes what her research has shown about the relationship between grit and achievement, and she reflects on the importance of helping students develop grit and other non-cognitive traits.
  • One step at a time (Parry Graham and Bill Ferriter, JSD, National Staff Development Council, Volume 29, Number 3, pp. 38-42, Summer 2008.)
    The authors advocate the use of PLCs (professional learning communities) and specifically claim that professional learning teams pass through seven stages.
  • A Positive Attitude: The Key to Teacher Success (Tim Lautzenheiser, Con-Selmer, Inc., 2013.)
    The author describes the value of a teacher in the lives of students and the importance of a good attitude.
  • 5 Powerfully Positive Teaching Practices (Ignacio Lopez)
    These five positivity strategies will give you the tools to maintain an outlook that leads you and your students to perform your best.
  • Crucial Conversations
    (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzer, McGraw Hill, 2002. )
    This book gives tools for preparing for high stakes situations, transforming anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, making situations safe to talk about almost anything, and how to be persuasive, not abrasive.
  • Crucial Confrontations
    (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzer, McGraw Hill, 2005.)
    The focus of the book is to teach how to handle difficult confrontations by knowing what to do before, during, and after an episode. Through observations, the authors developed guidelines to handle confrontations. They suggest staying focused and flexible, working on self, confronting with safety, and moving to action.
  • The Collaborative Teacher: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community
    (Cassandra Erkens et al., Solution Tree Press, Bloomington, IN, 2008.)
    This book defines best practices of collaborative teacher leadership. Specific techniques, supporting research, expert insight, and real classroom stories illustrate how to work together for student learning, create a guaranteed and viable curriculum, and use data to inform instruction.
  • Rick DuFour on Groups vs. Teams (4 min) Solution Tree
    Rick DuFour highlights the difference between a group and a team in the educational setting. Additional videos containing information for developing and utilizing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are available at this site.
  • All Things PLC, Solution Tree.
    The site contains research, resources, and strategies for professional collaboration and development. Create a free account to download the resources.
  • Data Analysis Protocol,
    This question sheet will assist in analyzing common assessments and essential learning outcomes. Create a free account to download this resource.