Take5 #10: What makes an excellent lecturer or teacher?

#Becomingeducational As the summer looms …

Some people are able to actually take vacations; some rejoice in time for research projects large or small; others will be marking – sorting out re-sits – working in Clearing – delivering parts of two-year accelerated degrees…

Whatever your situation, we thought that you might be refreshed by this re-blog of the #Take5 post on ‘What makes an Excellent Lecturer.

This piece of research was undertaken at the LSE by a LondonMet Alumnus, Sebastian Boo.

Care and kindness top the scale of what really matters.

No surprise there!

So – let’s have a bit of space and time and wriggle room so that we can show care and be kind?

Wouldn’t that be a nice way to start 2018/19?

All the best,
Sandra & Tom

Take 5

Sebastian Boo, a former LondonMet student, shares his current LSE-based research into student views of excellent teachers. Yes – they mention clarity, voice, passion and performance… BUT there is also great emphasis on CARE and KINDNESS… Have a read.

Students’ views of excellent teachers
Who were your best teachers or professors? I remember my primary school teacher, Mr Johnson, for his captivating storytelling, my secondary school biology teacher, Dr Higby, for his knowledge and enthusiasm; and my physiology professor John Stevens’ ready wit and humour.

Research indicates that teaching quality is the single most significant factor in determining student achievement (Mincu 2015; Biggs 2011; Looney 2011 & Goe 2007). Helping teachers excel is therefore important.

There is no shortage of advice educators can turn to for tips on how to develop and hone their craft. Nonetheless, most teachers do not achieve excellence. According to a survey of 219 university students…

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