Saturday, March 20, 2010

Breaux and Whitaker Do It Again

The gurus of educating educators, Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker, have produced another gem. 50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior should be added to the library of every educator, teacher or administrator. As the title indicates, the book offers fifty nuggets of wisdom to help teachers improve student behavior.

Here's the beauty of the concept of this book: student behavior in the classroom improves as teaching improves. This book doesn't present fifty gimmicks to make students behave better. This book offers fifty ways to improve teaching, to improve classroom instruction and classroom management. As a teacher implements these fifty strategies and becomes a better teacher, voila!, the students behave better than ever (and they learn more, too).

This book would be valuable for teachers, obviously. However, this book would be great for educational leaders, too. Heads of school, division heads, disciplinarians (assistant principal or Dean of Students), and department chairs, all would do well to help their faculty implement the strategies included in this book. Breaux and Whitaker present the fifty nuggets of wisdom in only a few pages each, thus making them great mini-lessons for faculty meetings, in-service days, department meetings, weekly email communications to faculty, etc.

If you have teachers who are struggling with effective teaching, which includes classroom management, you will find those teachers' shortcomings and errors addressed in this book. If every teacher in your building will practice these fifty strategies consistently, your school climate will change, student behavior will improve, and learning will increase. I'd stake my next paycheck on it.


Shawn said...

My complaint is that most books this size and print style would be $10 or $15 at B&N or a comparable store. Why then is it that all of the teaching books $30.

Nathan Barber said...

That's a fair question. I'll contact the publisher and ask. I'll let you know when I receive an answer.

Jim Brown said...

I'll have to check it out. I've not read anything by them before. Thanks for recomending it.

Anonymous said...


Bob said...

Shawn -

Thank you for your interest in our books. There is a lot of confusion about the price of books and I’m happy to reply to your question. Books which cost $10 to $15 tend to be the ones which appear on Bestseller Lists. These books are targeted at a mass audience; popular fiction, mysteries, thrillers, romance novels, etc. There are millions and millions of readers out there who are candidates to buy these books.

On the other hand, the potential audience of a book written for teachers is much much smaller. If thriller or romance novels reach just two percent of their potential audience, tons and tons of books are going to be sold. But even the most successful teacher books are read by a much smaller audience. The development and production costs of a mass audience book might be identical to those of a niche book. But since fewer copies are going to be sold, the price of each book tends to be higher so that those costs are absorbed. This is true for other professional books as well, including books for those who work in Information Technology or the automotive industry, for example. Hope this helps.

Bob Sickles, President and Publisher

Eye On Education

Shawn said...

Thank you so much for your reply. It always makes things more bearable when I know the reason. I can see that one time set-up and print costs can be spread across more books published for mass audiences. Still the extra cost does make it more difficult to buy and read all the books I want.

Thanks again,

Nathan Barber said...

Thanks for checking out the blog and thanks for tackling Shawn's question. That's great information.
Thanks again,