The Ten-Minute Inservice: 40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness
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Quick, easy, specific steps that make a difference in teaching and learning

Busy school leaders need an easy-to-apply resource to increase teacher effectiveness quickly and efficiently. This book shows principals and staff developers how to improve teaching school-wide through high-impact inservices lasting only ten minutes—incorporated easily into weekly staff meetings. Written by popular education consultants Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux, this important book offers 40 teacher-tested, mini-workshops that can improve teaching in every classroom. The book covers a range of topics, from behavior challenges and parent engagement to motivating students and making lessons meaningful.

  • Offers school leaders a proven plan to help every teacher improve on a weekly basis by conducting simple 10-minute inservice workshops
  • Offers staff developers, new teacher induction coordinators, mentors, and Professional Learning Communities ideas for effective training sessions
  • Each of the 40 mini-training sessions offered include tips on how to introduce the topic, sample scripts to follow, and implementation activities to ensure lasting learning
  • Whitaker and Breaux are bestselling education authors with a proven track record improving teacher effectiveness

This handy resource contains a simple and effective method for improving teacher effectiveness school wide.


TODD WHITAKER, Ph.D., is professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University. A leading presenter in the field of education, he has devoted his career to researching effective teachers and principals. He is the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently and What Great Principals Do Differently.

ANNETTE BREAUX is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker. Her previous books include the national bestseller 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors. She has coauthored books with both Harry Wong and Todd Whitaker.


About the Authors vii

How to Use This Book ix

Introduction 1

PART 1 Classroom Management 3

1 Securing Students’ Attention 5

2 Establishing Rules and Procedures 10

3 Effective Ways to Address Misbehavior 15

4 Sharing Classroom Management Tips 19

5 A Scream to Blow Off Steam 23

6 The Biggest Mistake Teachers Make 27

7 Learn to Ignore More 31

8 Simple Ways to Defuse Anger 36

PART 2 Teaching Practices 41

9 Effective Teaching, Part 1 43

10 Effective Teaching, Part 2 47

11 Bell-to-Bell Teaching 51

12 Teaching with Enthusiasm 56

13 Teaching Like a Great Coach 59

14 Be Here, There, and Everywhere 64

15 Making Lessons Meaningful 68

16 Fifty Ways to Make Learning Fun 72

PART 3 Improving School Climate 77

17 Getting Parents Involved 79

18 Greeting Students Daily 83

19 A Kind Reminder 87

20 Twenty-Five Reasons to Be Proud of Our School 91

21 Student Appreciation Week 96

22 Dealing with Negative Co-Workers 101

23 The Ten-Minute Classroom Makeover 106

24 The Teachers’ Lounge 110

25 Positive Communication with All Parents 114

PART 4 Learning from Others 119

26 Teacher Report Cards, Part 1 121

27 Teacher Report Cards, Part 2 126

28 Administrator Report Card 130

29 What’s Working for Others 134

30 Teachers Observing Teachers 139

PART 5 What Makes a Great Teacher? 145

31 Making Student-Based Decisions 147

32 Because I Like You 152

33 Professionalism Is as Professionalism Does 155

34 Shifting Your Focus 161

35 The Miracle of Smiling 166

36 Are You All Right? 170

37 Your Favorite Teacher 174

38 Your Least Favorite Teacher 178

39 The Psychology of an Apology 181

40 A Teacher’s Creed 185

Appendix 190

Index 194

A Final Word 198


"Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux offer concise, practical suggestions for reinforcing effective teaching practices. The Ten-Minute Inservice is a powerful resource for school leaders who want to make the most of every opportunity to promote growth and improve school climate."
Justin Baeder, director, The Principal Center

"An integral piece of building teacher capacity is the transformation of faculty meetings, from a time for sitting and listening to an opportunity for reflecting and learning. Whitaker and Breaux demonstrate how simply that can be done with quick, easily implemented inservice activities that focus on the fundamentals of teaching."
John G. Gabriel, principal, John Champe High School, Loudoun County, Virginia; coauthor, Dealing with the Tough Stuff