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What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
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Jan 12, 2009

it was ok

So far, not much new, though I'm working at keeping an open mind. Having read Finding Freedom in the Classroom ages ago, and Parker Palmer (ARGH YUK) more recently, I will say that so far, this is more accessible to instructors in disciplines other than humanities, and for that reason alone it may well be more effective than PP, for instance.

Revision/Update: Bain's not helpful. If you want to figure out how to be a "best" college teacher, read first: Bridging the Class Divide by Linda Stout, and then read Finding Freedom by Patricia Hinchey. Doesn't matter what discipline you specialize in or where you teach: you teach students, not subjects, and even if you're teaching at an Ivy, even if you are certain you have all upper middle class students, these books will make you a better teacher, and your work will help your students become better people. And goodness knows we need more of them.
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