“My Teachers Rode with Jesse James,” or Teaching Is Hard: A Political Scientist’s Reflections on Good Teaching
By Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University
This article examines the chief characteristics that make for good or great teaching. A combination of professional, disciplinary, and key interpersonal factors is required to advance from good to great. The alchemic process of learning—especially “how” we learn—also is explored.
Teaching is hard—and with apologies to my School of Education colleagues, great teaching is not the result of well-developed lesson plans. Great teaching is the result of great teachers. I have had a few along the way, and after 39 years of college teaching, I still aspire to one day become a great teacher.