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Good Teaching: A Guide for Students

by Richard A. Watson

From the back cover: EDUCATION From junior college to Ivy League university, the level of teaching ranges from "great to awful," according to Richard A. Watson, who explains not only how to survive but how to profit from and enjoy your college experience. To help students make important personal choices- What school? What major? What classes?-Watson discusses such broad areas as administrative structure, institutional goals, and faculty aspirations. Charging the student with the ultimate responsibility for learning, Watson presents certain academic facts of life: teaching is not the primary concern of either faculty or administration in most institutions; few professors on the university level have had any training in teaching, and even fewer started out with teaching as their goal; senior professors do not teach much-the higher the rank and salary, the less time in the classroom-and those seeking tenure must emphasize research to survive; and almost certainly, the bad teacher who is a good researcher will get paid more than the good teacher who does not publish. This is a book about good teaching and how to find it. Rejecting the conventional wisdom that a professor devoted to research will not be good in the classroom, Watson advises that you take classes from that "old bear" you are afraid of, from the professor you may have been cautioned to avoid. "Professors who are really devoted to research in their fields are the best teachers," Watson counsels, "at least for students who know what they want and are willing to give their all for it." The reason: "Most college professors are where they are because they fell in love with a subject matter. They think nothing else in the world is more important than learning it."

The Magic Rabbit

by Richard A. Watson

What's in the hat? Join the fun as a very unusual rabbit discovers the wonders of a mysterious hat - and his own imagination. Presto! He makes frogs jump, mice scurry, and a flutter of birds fly up into the sky. One surprise leads to another, until finally, it's the best trick ever ... Finding a friend to share your adventures is the greatest magic of all!

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