Monday, February 20, 2006

Models of teaching

The literature on college teaching says we should move from being a "sage on the stage" to being a "guide on the side." What other models of teaching are there in higher education?

the bore at the door
the pest on your desk
the creep in your seat
the maniac in your backpack
the lodestone on your cell phone.

As a follower of Socrates, I prefer the "pest on your desk" mode of teaching. How do you teach? Do you know of other good teaching models that rhyme?

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