I think we can boil the desired results of “teacher” down to a few core obligations. An educator must arguably cause four things in learners:

1. greater interest in the subject and in learning than was there before, as determined by observations, surveys, and client feedback

2. successful learning related to key course goals, as reflected in mutually agreed-upon evidence

3. greater confidence and feelings of efficacy as revealed by student behavior and reports (and as eventually reflected in improved results)

4. a passion and intellectual direction in each learner

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Because I’m a teacher and we aren’t exactly on the Fortune 500 list, I’m always looking for ways to save and make money.

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Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can still mar many a well-planted harvest. Not anymore, says Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who has moved industrial-scale farming under the roof.

"It’s astonishing to me how many people develop their pet education theories assuming there is little or no interaction between motivation and learning, or that motivation is somehow outside the teacher’s job description. The assumption that motivation is entirely the student’s job leaves us no way to check ourselves for de-motivating pedagogy. If students don’t like sitting in warehouses, watching lecture videos, and clicking away at multiple choice questions, it’s either their own fault, or the fault of Miley Cyrus, social media, or Kids These Days, but not ours. Our theories can’t be impeached. We just need a better class of students."

Dan Meyer

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