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A Little Book on Teaching by Steven F. Barrett

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CHAPTER 1

What makes a Great Teacher?

1.1 OVERVIEW

This chapter provides an introduction to the challenging and rewarding career of university-level teaching. The chapter begins with a review of what the literature has to say about what makes a great teacher. We review a variety of sources and find amazing consistency in the tenets of good teaching. A synthesized list of tenets of great teachers is then developed. A series of case studies of good teachers, including an award-winning middle school science teacher and a world-renowned high school teacher, follows. You will then be asked to take a trip down memory lane and remember the great teachers you’ve had and list the tenets of what made them special and such an effective teacher. You then ...

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