Knight, R.-A. (2014). Reflections on a ‘sustained teaching excellence’ award. Learning at City Journal, 4(2), pp. 50-52.
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In 2014 I was very proud to receive a student voice award for sustained teaching excellence, after previously receiving a University Education Excellence Award in 2013, another student voice award in 2012, and several other smaller prizes throughout my nine years at City University London. It has been interesting to think about what excellent teaching is, and how it is achieved, and I have been asked to share some related thoughts with colleagues through this article.
In this paper, I am hoping to identify some of the lessons I have learnt over the last 15 years as a teacher, and how I think these might contribute to excellent teaching1. I will concentrate on four key areas, and discuss how I think these relate to excellent teaching in relation to my own work2. My aim here is not to preach to the converted, or even to suggest that these are areas all teachers want, or need, to focus on. Instead, my aim is to discuss my approach to these four key areas of teaching, which, I have found to be crucial in achieving excellence.
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