They realize that what the students learn is less important than the learning process itself. Seventh, a good teacher is able to keep his or her students off balance. Teachers encourage learning when they try new techniques and introduce risks.
Eighth, good teachers try to motivate students by working within their own incentive system.
A teacher who models his or her teaching style on the characteristics valued by students will be a successful educator.
The Four `Cs' of Good Teaching Sally Phillips is a professor of nursing at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.
Each of these teachers is invited to compete for the Carnegie Professor of the Year Program and is asked to submit an essay on what constitutes good teaching.
This year, 20 of the essays were compiled into i book titled Inspiring Teaching: Carnegie Professors of the Year Speak. The essays are divided into four categories: teaching characteristics, teaching practices, teaching philosophies and teaching teachers.
Good teachers tend not to believe the positive evaluations and agonize over the one or two mediocre ones, continually trying to improve their teaching.
Mediocre teachers do the opposite -- they trust the good evaluations and brush off the negative ones.
Simply using the latest techniques, however, does not assure excellent teaching or enhanced learning. That's the question the Carnegie Foundation asks annually.
A teacher who means well but does not understand the totality of the learning process can use all the new techniques in the world and still be mediocre. Every year, the Carnegie Foundation identifies a few college professors who are considered the best in their disciplines.