The Elements of Teaching

Paperback | November 3, 1999

byJames M. Banner, Harold C. Cannon

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What are the characteristics of a great teacher? What qualities of mind and spirit are necessary to help others acquire the knowledge through which they can understand and live a good life? In this book, James Banner and Harold Cannon draw on many years of experience to set forth the intellectual, moral, and emotional capacities that they believe the best teachers must possess. Their book is an inspiring guide to current and future school teachers and to college and university professors -- indeed to everyone who teaches anything to anyone else.

Arguing that teaching is an art, Banner and Cannon help teachers understand its components. They analyze the specific qualities of successful teachers and the ways in which these qualities promote learning and understanding. Throughout, they illustrate their discussion with sharply etched portraits of fictional teachers who exemplify -- or fall to exemplify -- a particular quality. Neither a how-to book nor a consideration of the philosophy, methods, or activities of teaching, this book, more precisely, assesses what it takes to teach. It encourages teachers to consider how they might strengthen their own level of professional performance.

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This book discusses the intellectual, moral and emotional factors of an educator stepping in front a class and being responsible for the development of students. The Elements of Teaching encourages teachers to realize and understand their noble and important position. Authors and teachers James Banner Jr. and Harold Cannon deliver an i...

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What are the characteristics of a great teacher? What qualities of mind and spirit are necessary to help others acquire the knowledge through which they can understand and live a good life? In this book, James Banner and Harold Cannon draw on many years of experience to set forth the intellectual, moral, and emotional capacities that t...

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What are the characteristics of a great teacher? What qualities of mind and spirit are necessary to help others acquire the knowledge through which they can understand and live a good life? In this book, James Banner and Harold Cannon draw on many years of experience to set forth the intellectual, moral, and emotional capacities that t...

James M. Banner, Jr., is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, association director, and book publisher. Harold C. Cannon, now retired, was division director at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.47 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300078552

ISBN - 13:9780300078558

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This book discusses the intellectual, moral and emotional factors of an educator stepping in front a class and being responsible for the development of students. The Elements of Teaching encourages teachers to realize and understand their noble and important position. Authors and teachers James Banner Jr. and Harold Cannon deliver an inspiring book for teachers.

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"The Elements of Teaching is a true classic. Its inspiring message of hope and professionalism is needed now more than ever. Every teacher and parent should read this lovely book."—Diane Ravitch