Secrets of Good Lessons
Good lessons do one or more of the following:
- stress that the Right Process is usually more important than the Right Answer.
- make the Strange Familiar or the Familiar Strange.
- involve students in some sort of "Real Life" activity or simulation.
- have clear Goals and easily measured Objectives.
- ask students to build on their existing skills and knowledge.
- give students the opportunity to develop their ideas individually and in small groups before involving them in lectures or other large group activities.
- show that you view your teaching self as a "guide on the side" rather than a "sage on the stage".
- center on subjects that excite the teacher's passion and love. Such subjects provide that extra motivation as teachers struggle to translate what they have to offer into a form that will be clearly understood by their students.
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