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date: 18 September 2019

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Excellent teachers embody several characteristics that distinguish them from their colleagues. Definitions of excellence are remarkably consistent across students, professors, alumni, and administrators, evidencing two major factors: the interpersonal and technical aspects of teaching. However, because excellent teaching is a multifaceted concept, no two individuals will display excellence in the same manner. This chapter offers concrete advice about how to develop teaching excellence through knowing your subject matter; developing and refining your communication skills; increasing the value you place on student learning; tinkering with your teaching; learning more about how students learn; maintaining high, but fair academic standards; establishing rapport with your students; becoming enthusiastic about your subject matter; and finally, assessing your teaching.

Keywords: excellence in teaching, master teacher, knowledge expertise, communication skills, student learning, academic standards, rapport, enthusiasm, assessment of teaching

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