25 October, 2008

What Makes Great Teachers Great?

“Create a natural critical learning environment. "Natural"
because what matters most is for students to tackle
questions and tasks that they naturally find of interest,
make decisions, defend their choices, sometimes
come up short, receive feedback on their efforts, and
try again. "Critical" because by thinking critically,
students learn to reason from evidence and to
examine the quality of their reasoning, to make
improvements while thinking, and to ask probing and
insightful questions. This is, by far, the most important
principle -- the one on which all others are based and
which commands the greatest explanation.”
Ken Bain
Chronicle of Higher Education