All students have had hundreds of teachers in their lifetimes. A very few
of these teachers they remember as being exceptionally good. What are the
qualities that combine to create an excellent, memorable teacher? Why do
some teachers inspire students to work three times harder than they
normally would, while others inspire students to skip class? Why do
students learn more from some teachers than others? Check out these "Good
Teaching" resources. If you have a "Good Teaching" resource or find a
"Good Teaching" website please contact the Faculty Development
Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be posted here.
Community College Faculty Development Teaching Tip Index
List of teaching resource topics that can help you in you teaching duties.
- Teaching for Success - HCC Membership Required
This is a membership-based online Faculty Success Center. The unique E-library houses
more than 1000 pages of practical development resources organized in 12 easy-to-use
categories - from concise resources such as the Smart Phone Mini Tips, Quick Tip Slide Stacks,
Quick Answers and Quick Tools to the more in-depth and interactive learning aids such as the
Quick Courses and Quick Studies to the e-book-sized "Solutionary."
- Top 13 Teaching and Learning Articles for 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, the editorial team at Faculty Focus looks back on some of the most
popular articles of the past year. During the course of the year, we published more than 250
articles on a full range of topics of interest to today’s college educators. In this post, we
reveal the 13 articles that most resonated with our readers. Each article’s popularity ranking
is based on a combination of factors, including e-newsletter open and click-thru rates, social
shares, reader comments, web traffic, and other reader engagement metrics.
Teaching: The Top Ten Requirements
By Richard Leblanc, York University, Ontario
This article appeared in The Teaching Professor after Professor Leblanc
won a Seymous Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence including a $10,000
What Makes A Good Teacher?
I've spent a lot of time thinking
about the craft and practice of teaching, as separate from course content,
age of students, size of class, or institutional setting. Everywhere I go,
I meet exemplary teachers, and I've been interested in figuring out what
makes them so good.
Some students seem naturally enthusiastic about learning, but many need-or
expect-their instructors to inspire, challenge, and stimulate them:
"Effective learning in the classroom depends on the teacher's ability ...
to maintain the interest that brought students to the course in the first
place." Whatever level of motivation your students
bring to the classroom will be transformed, for better or worse, by what
happens in that classroom.
Ten Characteristics of Highly Effective Teachers
These are the teachers who make me stop and think about the privileges I enjoy.
They are the ones who make me want to give and do more.
Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
Apathetic students, illiterate graduates, incompetent teaching, impersonal
campuses -- so rolls the drumfire of criticism of higher education. More
than two years of reports have spelled out the problems. States have been
quick to respond by holding out carrots and beating with sticks. There are
neither enough carrots nor enough sticks to improve undergraduate
education without the commitment and action of students and faculty
members. They are the precious resources on whom the improvement of
undergraduate education depends.But how can students and faculty members
improve undergraduate education? Many campuses around the country are
asking this question. To provide a focus for their work, we offer seven
principles based on research on good teaching and learning in colleges and
you can do during the first part of a semester to get things going right
Beginnings are important. Whether the class is a large introductory course
for freshmen or an advanced course in the major field, it makes good sense
to start the semester off well. Students will decide very early - some say
the first day of class; some say the first 10 minutes of the first day of
class - whether they will like the course, its contents,
the teacher, and their fellow students.
The Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier
Louis Schmier is a Professor of History at Valdosta State University in Valdosta,
Georgia. He is an inspirational teacher and philosopher. His Random Thoughts have
been appearing on the Internet in educational listservs since April of 1993.
Although he teaches at a University, his comments about teaching, his students,
and life in general apply to all levels of education. Read a couple of the
"favorites", or browse through over 600 in The Complete Random Thoughts.
Be prepared to laugh, cry, become outraged, and get inspired.
The Educational Theories of Theodore Sizer
Former Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Theodore Sizer will be
remembered as many things during his remarkable 50-year career in education,
among them – teacher, education reformer, leader, and mentor. Sizer, 77,
died in October 2009 at his Harvard, Mass. home.
The StateUniversity.com Education Encyclopedia is a resource for
professional educators as well as students in an education program. The
encyclopedia features hundreds of carefully-researched articles about
educational methods, best practices, and controversial issues in higher
ajunctassistance.com is dedicated to helping college adjunct instructors
succeed. In this blog, I will be sharing two types of information. I
will offer advice for improving your skills and effectiveness as a college
instructor; and I will provide tips for, putting it quite bluntly, staying
out of trouble. While primarily aimed at college adjuncts, my hope is
that other administrators will find my postings helpful and contribute
their own "lessons learned" for the benefit of all.
Rules of Teaching in this Century
We've been predicting a technology revolution for decades, and actually,
it happened 5 years ago. We are now past the tipping point. Suddenly, we
find that higher education no longer has a corner on knowledge-making and
distribution. But on the bright side, the entire culture is
learning-resource rich, technology has a more human face, and education
has become more critical than ever.