The Art of Teaching

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The noted classicist presents his educational methodology, within the context of history, from the Sophists to modern teaching.

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The noted classicist presents his educational methodology, within the context of history, from the Sophists to modern teaching.

The noted classicist presents his educational methodology, within the context of history, from the Sophists to modern teaching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679723141
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 488,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction 3
Teaching constantly changes 3
It covers many different subjects in school and college 3
It is widely practiced by ordinary people in daily life 4
It is difficult and important 6
This book is an outline of its methods, not of its subjects 6
II The Teacher 8
His rewards and his difficulties 8
The qualities of a good teacher 12
Knowing the subject 12
Liking the subject 18
Liking the pupils 25
Bad schools and bad classes 27
Knowing the pupils 33
Youngsters 33
Individuals and types 37
Eccentrics 41
Knowing other things 48
Humor 53
The abilities of a good teacher 57
Memory 58
Will-power 59
Kindness 63
III The Teacher's Methods 66
Preparation 66
Planning 66
Renewal of material 80
Communication 86
The three methods 87
Lecturing 89
Delivery 89
Notes and their use 97
Punctuation 103
Tutoring 107
Invention and purpose 107
Difficulty 108
Value 109
Methods described 111
Recitation 116
Examinations 118
Questions and discussion 124
Competition 129
The uses of tradition 132
Punishment 142
Fixing the impression 146
Review 148
Questions 149
Statement of outstanding problems 150
IV Great Teachers and Their Pupils 154
The sophists 154
Socrates 156
Plato 160
Aristotle and Alexander 163
Jesus 168
Good teachers and bad pupils 176
Good schools and bad products 181
Good fathers and bad sons 182
An explanation and some remedies 185
Renaissance teachers 189
The Jesuit teachers 195
Teachers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 199
Fathers of great men 222
Professional men 224
Amateurs 227
V Teaching in Everyday Life 234
Fathers and mothers 234
Husbands and wives 236
Executives 237
Doctors 237
Psychiatrists 238
Clergymen and priests 239
Advertisers, publicists, propagandists 240
Communist education of prisoners 242
Authors and artists 244
Principles of everyday teaching 248
Notes 251
Index 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Reminds Me What an Honor It Is to Be a Teacher

    This book was first published over fifty-six years ago. It still stands as a classic mind opener to anyone who is truly interested in becoming a teacher or in improving his or her skills as an educator. If you are only interested in band wagons and believe that no real learning has taken place before your appearance on the scene, this book will be a disappointment. Highet takes an analytical and historical approach to the greatest of teachers and their methods. In doing so, he provides one of the finest examinations of the methodology of the Classic Greek School a layman could hope to find. Highet encourages a love for learning, a love for children and a passion for sharing only the finest with our students. My guess is that he would have been opposed to ¿dumbing down¿ on many counts, but primarily because of the lack of respect it shows for the potential of the student. In a mere five pages, Highet manages to encapsulate the essence of what made Jesuit education so distinctive and valuable to the world of ideas. It makes it clear to those who read his words these many years later that the loss of Jesuit identity and methodology at their own institutions which took place in the end of the twentieth century has been a tragic loss. At present, I think I am on my fifteen to twentieth re-read of this work. I still need to be open and keep up to date with the latest theories and findings and wade through the flood of latest and greatest found in journals and theses. More is being revealed. Let us make no mistake about it, though, Highet was a giant of a mind with an awesome soul. His attitude toward teaching makes this veteran much less resentful about the lack of monetary reward my career has brought me. It makes me feel humble and honored to have been part of a noble tradition of individuals who drank deeply from the well springs of the fount of ideas, culture, humanism and spirituality. It makes me want to redouble my efforts to bring yet another generation to that spring for nurture that they might live life more deeply and, in turn, attempt to leave the world better than it was upon their arrival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    this book rocks

    this book is very infomative and easy to read. it inspired me to want to teach even more then before i read it

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