by Jeffrey Dutt
This book appeals to the aspiring or veteran teacher who wants to be innovative in their approach or management to teaching in the classroom. While there are many “how to” books out there to help teachers with methods to be effective in the classroom, the “Little Book for Teachers Who Think Big,” emphasizes how a teacher should teach in the current standardized testing environment. This is critical for today’s teacher to understand how to practically teach and to be effective in behavior and time management, student issues, lesson planning, and maintaining a balance of our professional and personal life.
There were over 25 current and retired teachers who were interviewed for this book that provided their advice, along with the author, to improve the classroom experience for teachers and their students. This book contains three main categories, the Landscape, Effective Teaching, and the Teaching Life. We take a unique look at how education has changed and how teachers need to adapt to those changes.
The last chapter in this book contains inspirational stories provided by teachers from across the age spectrum. We need these types of stories to urge us to continue to be the best that we can be in our individual classrooms and schools.
Born in Whitehall, PA and now residing in Emmaus, PA with his wife, Nancy, Jeffrey is a social studies and special education teacher in the Allentown School District in Allentown, PA for the past 19 years. He was a past adjunct professor at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA teaching courses in sociology and education. He was also an adjunct professor in education at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA for two years. He has presented many seminars in behavior management to local early education centers, local school districts, and area colleges. He is also currently a commissioner for Lehigh County serving on the board since December 2020.
Jeffrey received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Mansfield, PA. He also received his master’s degree in special education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He was a social worker for 12 years working in the fields of mental health, aging, and children and youth before becoming a teacher.