And Other Principles of Great Teaching
is the title of the book I have uploaded here. The title itself seems so engaging that I thought it would be nice to share here.
The master teacher mindset is really a disposition toward teaching. It is a
way of thinking about instruction, about students, about learning, and about
teaching in general that makes teaching fl uid, effi cient, and effective.
Many of us think that in order to be a good teacher, we need to have all the
answers. We focus our time and energy accumulating strategies and skills,
hoping that if we have a big enough bag of tricks, we will be prepared to face
whatever happens in the classroom. (.....)
Ultimately, master teachers don’t just magically develop the master
teacher mindset. Teaching requires a vast body of knowledge. We have to
know pedagogy, but also must be experts in our subject area or areas. This
huge body of knowledge can be an overwhelming hodgepodge of largely
disconnected facts, unless we have a system for organizing the information.
Master teachers learn how to organize their teaching knowledge into meaningful
patterns and from these patterns develop a set of key instructional
principles. Their entire instructional practice is governed by this small set of
core principles and they rigorously select strategies and teaching approaches
based on these principles rather than become enamored with every new
strategy or technique that becomes in vogue.
I call these principles the mastery principles and the rest of this book
is devoted to helping you learn to apply them to your own teaching practice.
The mastery principles are
1. Master teachers start where their students are.
2. Master teachers know where their students are going.
3. Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.
4. Master teachers support their students along the way.
5. Master teachers use feedback to help them and their students
6. Master teachers focus on quality rather than quantity.
7. Master teachers never work harder than their students.