What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

  • Sharon G. Johnson


According to Ken Bain, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, teaching is both an intellectual creation and a performing art (p. 174). It is best done by those eager to seek real answers to such questions as:
1. What do I need to know and understand to engage my students in the great questions of my discipline?

2. How do I need to prepare myself and my students to attain significant learning objectives?

3. What should I expect of myself and my students?

4. What approaches should I take in the classroom to foster excitement about and engagement with the ideas, issues, and controversies of my discipline?

5. How might I assess my real impact on student learning so that I can continue to challenge myself to grow as an individual?

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