By Ken Bain (2004)
This book is based on an extensive research study which was compiled into conclusions selected or summarized by Dr. Lamberski.
Superior teachers have a strong sense of commitment to the academic community and not just to personal success in the classroom. They see their own efforts as a small part of a larger educational enterprise rather than as an opportunity to display personal prowess. In their minds, they are mere contributors to a learning environment that demands attention from a fellowship of scholars. They frequently work on major curriculum initiatives and join public conversations about how to improve teaching in the institution. Many of them talk about how the success of their own teaching hinges on something students learn in other classes. Consequently, they maintain vigorous exchanges with colleagues about how best to educate students, and often cite something they learn from working with others. Fundamentally, they are learners, constantly trying to improve their own efforts to foster student’s development, and never completely satisfied with what they had already achieved.