Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses – Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

Teaching is more than a job. Its one of the greatest responsibilities in civilized society. But teaching is no easy task. It requires craft, sensitivity, creativity, and intelligence.

Whether your classroom consists of 3 students or 300, its important to be as effective a teacher as possible, both for your students and for your own professional and personal growth. The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator is designed to help you achieve new levels of success as a teacher. These 24 lectures will help you develop and enhance your teaching style; provide you with invaluable methods, tools, and advice for handling all manner of teaching scenarios; and open your eyes to how other teachers think about and approach this life-changing profession.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
Narrator: Patrick N. Allitt
Duration: 12 hours 13 minutes
Released: 19 Apr 2003
Publisher: The Great Courses
Language: English

User Review:

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This course is a helpful guide for teachers, primarily, but not exclusively, at the university level. It draws from the experience of a range of top university lecturers as well as some of their students. The lecturer is careful to mention when his suggestions and ideas are his own beliefs and references and when they are backed up by research and or supported by others. Although the original format was evidently a video, little is lost through listening as an audio only.

The main weakness of the course is that the discussions about teaching technologies are well-dated now, and the content can be rather shallow in those sections. A few of the other lectures feel a little dragged out, with unnecessarily long example recordings, for example, in the section on one-on-one teaching. An updated version of the course could look to reduce some material to create space for longer discussion on new technologies. For example, there is very little if anything about on-line courses, and there is a lot of scope for expanding on advice for using presentation slides and the positive and negative roles of the internet. The section on teaching students to write was helpful, but could be helpfully expanded. For example, while there is quite a lot of advice on how to get students to write sentences that are grammatically correct, there was a lack of advice on how to get students to be more precise in their meaning through, for example, avoiding ambiguity and vagueness. Although a bit more attention to imparting writing skills would be useful, the course sadly says nothing about numeracy skills. and if a choice has to be made between more on literacy and something on numeracy, I would vote for the latter. Another topic that would be helpful to add is teaching to people whose first language is not your own.

The course is worthwhile as it is. I hope a new edition is released.