than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great
teacher can lead you to the door; the acquiring of learning rests
with each person."
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."
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