"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."
- Japanese proverb

"Your teacher can lead you to the door; the acquiring of learning rests with each person."
- Chinese proverb

"I see little of more importance to the future of our country and civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him."
- John F. Kennedy

Often we come to teaching with unspoken assumptions about how subjects should be taught, biases inherent in our disciplines, or how we best learned ourselves. Some faculty even think that 3 hours of lecture means they must lecture. They believe that covering the minute details of all the material is most important. As you learned in the previous modules, cramming lots of little details into the class is the not the most effective way to inspire learning or retention of course content. Our students may see the trees, but they often will miss the forest and quickly lose interest in the trees as well.

This lesson offers numerous approaches to teaching. While you will learn that the lecture can be an important means of instruction, you'll learn ideas for doing it well and other approaches to structuring class lessons in ways that allow you to reach the largest number of students most effectively and reawaken classes to the love of learning.

- by Kristina Kauffman


This module contains the following main readings:

  1. Approaches to Teaching
  2. More Approaches to Teaching
  3. Writing Across the Curriculum

By the end of this module you should be able to:

1. List the key goals of any teaching approach.

2. Describe how collaborative learning techniques can be applied.

3. Define writing across the curriculum and explain why it is important.


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Knowledge Check

Irrespective of any specific approach to teaching, one important goal is to help students:

A. build social interaction skills.
B. understand number concepts.
C. develop critical thinking skills.
D. improve reading comprehension.