What the Best College Teachers Do

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Harvard University Press, Apr 30, 2004 - Education - 207 pages
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Winner of the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize awarded annually by Harvard University Press for an outstanding book on education and society What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators. The short answer isóit's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and outóbut they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn.

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User Review  - Eleanor Gittens - Goodreads

This book had some good tips which could have filled the first 10 to 15 pages. At 190 pages, the remainder of the book was just fluff and at times quite difficult to struggle through. However, it has generated a few ideas that I plan to implement in my courses to come. Read full review

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User Review  - Wei Wu - Goodreads

Great book summarizes what the best college teachers do, and provides great insights on how to become a good teacher. Read full review


Defining the Best
What Do They Know about How We Learn?
How Do They Prepare to Teach?
What Do They Expect of Their Students?
How Do They Conduct Class?
How Do They Treat Their Students?
How Do They Evaluate Their Students and Themselves?

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About the author (2004)

Ken Bain is Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor of History, and Director of the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State University.

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