10 CAN ANYONE LEARN TO BECOME A GREAT TEACHER.docx

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Shakespeare. Yes, in each case, other people were involved with these folks but when things got truly serious they had to stretch themselves in order to succeed. They didn’t have to stretch 55 other people. Would Bob Dylan or Pablo Picasso have been great if they had been organizing and leading a large group of singers or artists? Being a great football coach is tough. But, is it easier to be a great teacher or a great football coach? In some ways, it is easier to be a great football coach for one reason. The teams keep score and everyone can agree on the winner. The goal is simple and obvious. And, there is only one goal. No one seems to know exactly what the goal of a college teacher is. More frustrating, no
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one seems to know how to measure whether a specific goal has been achieved. Greatness is a very vague goal in teaching which is probably why few teachers seem to have great education as a primary goal when they enter the classroom each day. Most coaches burn deeply to be great. How many teachers have you met who really wanted to be great? So, are there really any great teachers? Maybe it is just a fantasy. I think a lot of teachers do a good (maybe great) job with the very best students. That is an important role in college but, at some point, teaching brilliant students who are highly motivated provides a different type of challenge. I think a lot of people do a good (maybe great) job of teaching facts and figures. Many people grew up in a system where memorization skills were highly valued and that priority flows through into their own teaching style. Personally, in an era of Google and other Internet resources, I think education needs to be more than that. But that is just my opinion. I think a lot of people do a good (maybe great) job of entertaining students. Such teachers are full of interesting and relevant stories. That is fun and can be very informative but the emphasis is entirely on the story teller. The student is merely a passive recipient of knowledge. I don’t really know if everyone can become a great teacher. But I do believe that I know how some people might achieve that goal.
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