SCHWARZ | How We Learn from Our Students

Some of my colleagues and even my own students are surprised when I say that I learn from my students every day.  

I was told when I first thought about being a professor that high school and elementary school teachers teach a subject to students, and college professors teach the subject and are not so alert to the makeup of the audience. But nothing could be further from the truth.

To be an effective university classroom professor, one needs to know one’s student audience as much as possible, namely who is being addressed, how much they can be expected to know prior to each day’s class and how they will benefit from what you are saying and how. By watching their expressions and listening to questions and discussion, you can measure the efficacy of your teaching that day.

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