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Teaching Teachers About Teaching Students

22 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2010  

David M. Becker

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: November 30, 2010


Teachers are accustomed to teaching students, but experienced teachers must also teach teachers. What is it that one teacher can and should convey to another, especially when classroom observations suggest problems and a real need for improvement? The temptation is to say: “Come watch me and do as I do.” Yet even when the recipe for success is not this brazen, the package of advice may amount to the same thing, especially when it is replete with specific instruction that invariably begins: “Here is the way I would do it.” Yet is “do as I do” ever a sound approach? If not, what is? Are there any constants to a wise approach to teaching teachers about teaching students? What are the ingredients of successful teaching and can they be taught? This essay examines these questions and attempts to identify some of the things that one may do to improve teaching, at least around the edges.

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Becker, David M., Teaching Teachers About Teaching Students (November 30, 2010). Washington University Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 1105, 2010; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-11-04. Available at SSRN:

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