The Best Teacher in You

How to Accelerate Learning and Change Lives

Robert Quinn (Author) | Kate Heynoski (Author) | Mike Thomas (Author) | Gretchen Spreitzer (Author)

Publication date: 06/30/2014

The Best Teacher in You

* Discover how highly effective teachers bring out the best in themselves and their students

* Be inspired by the personal journeys of seven highly effective teachers― learn how they became transformational leaders in the classroom

* Explore a framework for effective teaching and learning and use it to reflect on your own teaching practice

Blog: A New Way to Think About Your Favorite (and Least Favorite) Teachers

What does teaching look like at its very best? How are great teachers able to ignite a love of learning and change students' lives? What are the keys to accelerating learning for both teachers and students?

The Best Teacher in You provides revealing answers to these important questions. Over the past six years, the authors have worked with highly effective teachers to examine the mindsets, behaviors, and change processes that accelerate and deepen learning. They discovered a common pattern in these teachers' practices. Highly effective teachers stretch beyond conventional foundations of good teaching, such as content, pedagogy, and classroom management, to transform their classrooms into exciting, dynamic places where teachers and students cocreate the learning experience. These teachers cultivate a classroom community that gives rise to transformative learning.

In this book you'll learn from seven remarkable teachers and their stories of learning and, ultimately, deep change. The authors outline a framework that identifies four dimensions of effective teaching and learning that are integrated in the classrooms of highly effective teachers-you'll discover how the framework helps you recognize and release the potential in you and others around you. You can begin using the strategies and tools included in the book today to become the best teacher in you.

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Overview

* Discover how highly effective teachers bring out the best in themselves and their students

* Be inspired by the personal journeys of seven highly effective teachers― learn how they became transformational leaders in the classroom

* Explore a framework for effective teaching and learning and use it to reflect on your own teaching practice

Blog: A New Way to Think About Your Favorite (and Least Favorite) Teachers

What does teaching look like at its very best? How are great teachers able to ignite a love of learning and change students' lives? What are the keys to accelerating learning for both teachers and students?

The Best Teacher in You provides revealing answers to these important questions. Over the past six years, the authors have worked with highly effective teachers to examine the mindsets, behaviors, and change processes that accelerate and deepen learning. They discovered a common pattern in these teachers' practices. Highly effective teachers stretch beyond conventional foundations of good teaching, such as content, pedagogy, and classroom management, to transform their classrooms into exciting, dynamic places where teachers and students cocreate the learning experience. These teachers cultivate a classroom community that gives rise to transformative learning.

In this book you'll learn from seven remarkable teachers and their stories of learning and, ultimately, deep change. The authors outline a framework that identifies four dimensions of effective teaching and learning that are integrated in the classrooms of highly effective teachers-you'll discover how the framework helps you recognize and release the potential in you and others around you. You can begin using the strategies and tools included in the book today to become the best teacher in you.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Robert Quinn



Robert E. Quinn holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Organization and Management at the Ross Business School. He is one of the co-founders and the current faculty co-director of the Center for Positive Organizations. Quinn’s research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational change, and effectiveness. He has published 16 books on these subjects. He is particularly known for his work on the Competing Values Framework. He has 30 years of experience consulting with major corporations and government agencies.


Visit Author Page - Kate Heynoski

Katherine Heynoski is a powerful practices senior specialist at Battelle for Kids. Building on her research with highly effective teachers and principals, she conducts training and develops tools and resources to support educators’ professional growth. At the heart of her work as a researcher and a practitioner is a desire to help individuals, teams, and organizations continuously improve their practice. Prior to joining Battelle for Kids, Katherine worked as an instructor and a research assistant while completing her PhD at the University of Michigan. She has also worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for General Electric.

Katherine has published in Organizational Dynamics and Research in Organizational Change and Development. She also serves on the board of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband and two daughters.



Visit Author Page - Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas has worked for the past 11 years at Battelle for Kids to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools across the country. As a senior director of innovation, he has designed tools and delivered professional development to build the capacity of teachers and administrators. Much of this work has focused on the diagnostic and school improvement uses of value-added data. He recently co-authored the book How to Use Value-Added Analysis to Improve Student Learning. Over the past seven years, Mike has conducted workshops and assembled focus groups of high value-added teachers and principals to better understand what constitutes effective practice. This book is the culmination of that work.

Prior to joining Battelle for Kids, Mike served as the director of the Central Ohio Principals' Academy and the co-coordinator of the preservice elementary and middle school Masters of Education program at The Ohio State University. In this role he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. Mike spent the first 12 years of his career as a middle school math and science teacher.

Mike currently resides in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife, Lu Anne, and their dog, Kali. His daughter Emily is entering her senior year at Ohio State University; his son, Chris, is an officer in the US Air Force; and his daughter Lindsay is a nurse and the mother of his eight-year-old granddaughter, Kameron.



Visit Author Page - Gretchen Spreitzer

Gretchen M. Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-director of the Center for Positive Organizations. She joined the Michigan faculty in 2001 after spending nine years on the faculty of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. She is passionate about helping people develop as leaders.  

Her research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change. Her most recent research focuses on how organizations can enable people to thrive at work and become their best selves. She has co-authored six books (including another Berrett-Koehler book, titled How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Action, Big Impact with Jane Dutton) and many articles on these topics. She teaches leadership and change courses to undergraduate and graduate students and executives at Ross. She has been elected to leadership positions in the Academy of Management and the Western Academy of Management. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, who is a public policy economist, and two teenage daughters.

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Table of Contents

Learning from Highly Effective Teachers

Chapter 1: Becoming the Best Teacher in You: A Process, Not a Destination

Chapter 2: Embracing Connections: Integrating Essential Elements

Chapter 3: Opening the Mind: Embracing Deep Change

Chapter 4: Opening the Heart: Enhancing Relationships

Chapter 5: Empowering the Soul: Developing Yourself

Chapter 6: Empowering Others: Teaching That Transforms

Chapter 7: A Process for Development: Embedding Self-Reflection

Conclusion: Strategies for Moving Forward

Resource A: The Reflect Assessment

Resource B: Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument for Classrooms

Resource C: Appreciative Inquiry Protocol

Resource D: Interview Protocol

Resource E: Online Tools and Resources

Notes

Glossary

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Authors

About Battelle for Kids

About the Center for Positive Organizations

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