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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The beginning of this book is SO boring and dry that I was going to not read it, but then I joined a reading group for it (and led the discussion on the last two chapters) so I forced my way through ... Read full review

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I enjoyed the book! I read it some time ago as part of a Faculty Dinner and recently reread it for discussion in a teaching circle. The reading along with the discussion has had something of a re ... Read full review

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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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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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