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7 Benefits of Teaching-Engaged Colleagues

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"Those Indispensable Colleagues" (online article) recognizes that "[t]o teach on and to teach well, year after year, we need good colleagues" and outlines 7 ways (each elaborated more fully in the text) that positive relations with one's teaching colleagues enhance the teaching experience:

1. "[Our] colleagues teach [us]."

  • "They’re good teachers and good teaching advocates who think about teaching in intellectually robust ways."

2. "[Our] colleagues let [us] teach them."

Teaching in the Studio

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"Teaching in the Studio" (web page) offers practical elaboration for each of the following points (giving both teaching strategies and rationales), many which seem obvious but which cover necessary basics:

  • "Studio classes need to be planned carefully."
  • "If you are interested in the process students follow, you need to determine some way to measure it, both for evaluation and improvement, and build this into the course."
  • "Give feedback constructively (especially when a student may have a good deal of emotional investment in a creative project)."
  • "Work on recognizing potential."

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