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Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers

Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers
How to Hire, Coach, and Mentor Successful Teachers

September 2001 | 248 pages | Corwin

Discover the qualities that yield exceptional performance and far-reaching success!

As all educators increasingly face the pressures of accountability, filling our schools with effective teachers skilled at fostering outstanding academic achievement has never been more important. In this quick-read resource, Elaine McEwan explores the ten characteristics that lead to success in the classroom, increased school morale, satisfied parents, and eager, high-achieving students.

This highly organized and user-friendly guide shares practical insights into these ten crucial traits through real-life examples, experiences, research, and personal reflections from students, parents, and educators at all levels.

Administrators will value the numerous tools that Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers provides for hiring, coaching, mentoring, and motivating effective teachers, while new and experienced teachers will be inspired to fully embody the ten traits and renew their zeal for teaching.

Special features include:

  • Numerous graphic organizers to clearly illustrate the ten traits
  • More than 50 interview questions based on the ten traits to help administrators and teachers prepare for the all-important interview process
  • Dozens of exercises for principals to use to energize experienced teachers, empower new teachers, and nurture the ten traits
  • Examples from research that highlight the relationship between the traits and student achievement

About the Author
1. Who Is the Effective Teacher?
2. Personal Traits That Indicate Character: What an Effective Teacher Is
3. Teaching Traits That Get Results: With-It-Ness and Style
4. Teaching Traits That Get Results: Motivational Expertise
5. Teaching Traits That Get Results: Instructional Effectiveness
6. Intellectual Traits That Demonstrate Knowledge, Curiosity, and Awareness
7. Hiring Highly Effective Teachers
8. Mentoring New Teachers: How to Retain the Effective Teachers You Hire
9. Energizing and Empowering Experienced Teachers
Resource A: Graphic Organizers
Resource B: List of Ten Traits With Definitions
Resource C: Interview Questions
Resource D: Recommended Reading List
Resource E: Exercises to Energize Experienced Teachers

"This is an outstanding book with practical, ready-to-use suggestions on how to improve teaching and learning in our schools. As practitioners, my students found the books to be researched-based and easy to absorb, with meaningful reflection activities to focus on present and future practices."

Pauli Nikolay, Adjunct Professor
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

"Simple to understand and 'just what the doctor ordered' if you are looking to improve upon teacher skills and teachers' ability to become more effective."

SubJournal, Fall 2004
Substitute Teaching Institute, Utah State University

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Chapter 1: The Communicator

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