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 is—it'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 out—but 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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Isn’t it all about getting people to think? College costs since I graduated in 1981 have risen twice as fast as medical costs, three times as fast as family incomes and four times as fast as inflation ... Read full review

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I've been a college professor for 7 years. I spent 5 years in a Ph.D. program learning about motivation and leadership and teams - the topics I teach and do research on. But very little of that time ... Read full review

Contents

Defining the Best
1
What Do They Know about How We Learn?
22
How Do They Prepare to Teach?
48
What Do They Expect of Their Students?
68
How Do They Conduct Class?
98
How Do They Treat Their Students?
135
How Do They Evaluate Their Students and Themselves?
150
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Ken Bain is President of the Best Teachers Institute and a former professor of history at Northwestern, Vanderbilt, the University of Texas, and New York University.

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