Students Teaching Teachers Part III

Be honest. Be clear. But above all, be passionate. During a Fall Teaching Conference session that featured five Harvard undergraduates, this dictum appeared more often and more emphatically than any other. Students preferred TFs who were enthusiastic,  engaging, entertaining, and excited about what they were teaching – in a word, passionate. They even went so far…

Students Teaching Teachers Part II

At last week’s Bok Center Fall Teaching Conference, five rising juniors and seniors participated in a panel discussion about teaching at Harvard. We’ve already shared one revelation that came out of the panel. Among the many other insightful gems they offered were several that fall under the following rubric: Be clear. What are your standards…

Turning the Tables: Students Teaching Teachers

When you’re looking to improve your teaching, the first resources you might turn to are other teachers, pedagogical scholarship, or the Bok Center (hint, hint!). But what about the people who have the largest stake in your ability to teach successfully – the students? After all, students generally have more (and more current) section and…