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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What the Best College Teachers Do

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This is an excellant title for how to be a supreme teacher. Purchased for an instructional session on how to be a more effective instructor. Recomend it for any teachers that want to thrive in their chosen profession. 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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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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