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    Teaching As A Contact Sport

    Posted by admin on Nov 1, 2010 12:17:20 PM

    After nearly two decades in higher education as a faculty member and based on my experiences and research, here is what I believe to be the ingredients for good learning experiences and great teaching.

    First and foremost, teaching/learning is not a solo sport; it is a team effort--a contact sport.

    The professor must bring:

    • Knowledge of content
    • Genuine concern and respect for students
    • The three A’s: Availability, Accessibility, and Affability
    • Attention to details and organizational skills
    • Active learning assignments that connect to learning goals
    • Equitable grading and transparency in same
    • Level playing field among classmates
    • Desire to coach/mentor students
    • Willingness to go above the call of duty

    The students must bring:

    • A desire to learn
    • Respect for professor and classmates
    • A willingness to prepare for class, put in the required time and pull their weight
    • Willingness to keep an open mind and search for alternative solutions to a problem
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Desire to contribute to peer knowledge
    • Motivation to go “above the call of duty”

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    Topics: higher education, public health education, health administration, RN, Sharon B. Buchbinder, social networking, mentoring, Public health management, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, teaching, PhD, professor, student

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