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Re: Today's jaw dropper

David Dockstader says:

I would suggest that one of the most important characteristics of a good
teacher is enthusiam for the subject. Bright or dull the student needs to
want to learn. If a teacher can get the student to want to learn badly
enough the battle is all but won. A teacher who is having a blast doing
physics, and who can convey this to the students, has from my experience
a better than average chance of succeeding. A student who wants to learn
can overcome most shortcommings in a teacher or a school. A student who
doesn't want to learn won't.

I'm wondering would a teacher who is enthusiastic about requiring students
to drill at memorizing nonsense syllables result in students who want to
learn nonsense syllables?

I agree that getting the student to engage in making sense is the key, but
it strikes me that teacher enthusiasm is but a part of this and maybe more
a consequence than a fundamental ingredient.


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