Melissa: Can good teaching ever be reduced to a prescriptive list of dos and don'ts?
Liao: Probably not, but that does not mean that such lists are not without value . . .

To be a Teacher

Value time. View teaching as a process of discovery. Ask people what they want to learn – capitalize on their interests. Discover what others already know before starting to teach. Work for simplicity – boil down lessons into a few key points. Don't be afraid ahh mistakes, but do take the time to reflect & learn from them. Consider learning activities as building blocks that can be arranged in many possible ways. Constantly ask, "What's being taught?" and if a clear answer doesn't come, reevaluate. Be foolishly optimistic & believe in them even if they don't believe in themselves. Experiment. Keep classes creative. Focus on top priorities & don't expect to accomplsh “everything”. Teach with passion. Regard teaching as something you love to do, not merely as something you are paid for. If you aren’t excited about teaching, do things differently. Encourage students to participate in ways that allow them to “teach” each other. Be alert to unexpected opportunities. Encourage excellence – don’t force it. Have a life. Get outside ah classrooms regularly. Stay fresh. Let your students talk much ah dah time. In your zeal ta teach "the lesson" don't forget to teach yaw students. Covering material is important – but discovering it is even more so.