1.    Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It’s about not only motivating students to learn, but teaching them to learn, and doing so in a manner that is relevant, meaningful, and memorable.

2.    Good teaching is about substance and treating students as consumers of knowledge. It’s about doing your best to keep on top of your field, reading resources, inside and outside of your areas of expertise, and being at the leading edge as often as possible.

3.    Good teaching is about listening, questioning, being responsive, and remembering that each student and class is different.

4.    Good teaching is about not always having a fixed agenda and being rigid, but being flexible, fluid, experimenting, and having the confidence to react and adjust to changing circumstances.

5. Good teaching is also about style. Should good teaching be entertaining? You bet! Does this mean that it lacks in substance? Not a chance! Effective teaching is not about being locked with both hands glued to a podium or having your eyes fixated on a slide projector while you drone on. Good teachers work the room and every student in it. They realize that they are the conductors and the class is the orchestra. All the students play different instruments and at varying proficiencies.

6.    Good teaching is about humour. It’s about being self-deprecating and not taking yourself too seriously. It’s often about making innocuous jokes, mostly at your own expense, so that the ice breaks and the students learn in a more relaxed atmosphere where you, like them, are human with your own share of faults and short comings.

7.    Good teaching is about caring, nurturing, and developing minds and talents. It’s about devoting time, often invisible, to every student.

8.    Good teaching is supported by strong and visionary leadership, and very tangible institutional support – resources, personnel and funds.

9.    Good teaching is about mentoring, teamwork and being recognized and promoted by one’s peers. Effective teaching should also be rewarded, and poor teaching needs to be remediated through training and development programs.

10. At the end of the day, good teaching is about having fun, experiencing pleasure and intrinsic rewards.

Source: An article by Richard Leblanc, York University, Ontario Canada.

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