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The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

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THE POWER OF ENTHUSIASM

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.”

GAIL GODWIN

Since the beginning of my academic career, I’ve invited undergraduate students to my home for dinner midway through the semester. These dinners provide a great opportunity for us to get to know one another in a more relaxed atmosphere outside the classroom. During these evenings, I often ask students which classes have been their favorites, and inevitably they begin describing the professors who teach these courses. According to my students, the best teachers are those who have mastery of and passion for their fields and also communicate clearly and assess students fairly.

These conversations often make me reminisce about my own college ...

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