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Mastering the Techniques of Teaching

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Lowman, J. Mastering the Techniques of Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1984.


This is an immensely valuable resource for those interested in perfecting their craft of teaching. Much emphasis is placed on motivational techniques in order to engage students in the material rather than just talking at them. The book also elucidates many important aspects regarding the organizational structure of the classroom environment, as well as employing group work in order to greatly enhance the quality and enjoyment of the learning experience for both students and teachers.


There is also a great deal of discussion devoted to the use of video in the classroom. Aside from the ways in which videos can be shown as a direct source of information, the book also shows how video recordings of the classes and lectures can be used as a way of helping the teacher improve the quality of his own performance to the satisfaction of the students.


The primary intended audience of this book are teachers, particularly advanced teachers who are already comfortable with the basics and are looking for more advanced techniques. Indeed, the first chapter deals with exemplary teaching, and not just basic, entry-level competence. For a more informative discussion of the latter, the reader would probably be better served looking to a more introductory resource.


One interesting point that the book explores in regard to the dynamic between students and teachers is an assessment of what and how much the teacher contributes to the learning experience in comparison to the degree and substance of the students' contributions. This is highly important to know for the teacher if he is to know his proper boundaries and how to innovatively push beyond them for constructive purposes.


This underscores the point that the teacher should be familiar with the fundamental aspects of the craft before engaging with the material in this book. It may be a bit much for a less experiences teacher. However, the intended audience, as well as an intelligent new teacher, would gain a great deal of benefit from this book. It is clear and well written, with interesting anecdotes as well as theoretical discussion.


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