It's impossible to dissect great teaching and explain exactly how it works. A fine mind and scholarly expertise are necessary, but surely not sufficient. Do superb teachers simply have a gift? Is effective teaching a function of personality or professionalism? Spontaneous brilliance or diligent preparation?
Kenyon students encounter great teaching every day, professors who challenge, engage, guide, and provoke. Who reveal layers of complexity beneath the surface of unexamined certainties. Who inspire the confidence to take intellectual risks.
How do they do it? We asked four Kenyon professors to share a few of their insights. All four are veterans in the art of getting the sparks to fly in young minds. Here they offer not overarching philosophies or definitive recipes, but reflections on how a classroom can come alive.
Deploying everything from rock music to blogs, Associate Professor of English Deborah Laycock shakes up her students' preconceptions about both eighteenth-century literature and Canadian culture.
Quizzes for the choir? Witty T-shirts in dress rehearsal? Whether he's working with the select Chamber Singers or the larger Community Choir, Professor of Music Benjamin Locke finds ways to inspire beautiful music.
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