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The Things I Did Badly: Looking Back on 40 Years of Teaching

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The Things I Did Badly: Looking Back on 40 Years of Teaching

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Graham Broad’s piece reminded me of a short critique John Kenneth Galbraith did of his teaching: “How I Could Have Done Much Better.” The honesty of both is courageous and refreshing. Most of us were trained as content experts. We learned to teach by doing it, and not all of us are quick learners. Here’s a list of what I wish I’d learned not to do earlier in my career.

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  1. Justine Faghihifar December 2, 2019

    I enjoyed reading this piece and found it deeply self-reflective. As a new professor, I too, see myself in some of what you wrote and hope to make positive changes in my own teaching style and procedures. The ability for me to connect the lecture learning concepts to the experimental learning for students is a focus as students do not seem to do this for themselves.

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