All students have had hundreds of teachers in their lifetimes. A very few of these teachers they remember as being exceptionally good. What are the qualities that combine to create an excellent, memorable teacher? Why do some teachers inspire students to work three times harder than they normally would, while others inspire students to skip class? Why do students learn more from some teachers than others? Check out these "Good Teaching" resources. If you have a "Good Teaching" resource or find a "Good Teaching" website please contact the Faculty Development Committee at and they will be posted here.

  1. Honolulu Community College Faculty Development Teaching Tip Index
    List of teaching resource topics that can help you in you teaching duties.

  2. Teaching for Success - HCC Membership Required
    This is a membership-based online Faculty Success Center. The unique E-library houses more than 1000 pages of practical development resources organized in 12 easy-to-use categories - from concise resources such as the Smart Phone Mini Tips, Quick Tip Slide Stacks, Quick Answers and Quick Tools to the more in-depth and interactive learning aids such as the Quick Courses and Quick Studies to the e-book-sized "Solutionary."

  3. Top 13 Teaching and Learning Articles for 2013
    As 2013 draws to a close, the editorial team at Faculty Focus looks back on some of the most popular articles of the past year. During the course of the year, we published more than 250 articles on a full range of topics of interest to today's college educators. In this post, we reveal the 13 articles that most resonated with our readers. Each article's popularity ranking is based on a combination of factors, including e-newsletter open and click-thru rates, social shares, reader comments, web traffic, and other reader engagement metrics.

  4. Good Teaching: The Top Ten Requirements
    By Richard Leblanc, York University, Ontario This article appeared in The Teaching Professor after Professor Leblanc won a Seymous Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence including a $10,000 cash award.

  5. What Makes A Good Teacher?
    I've spent a lot of time thinking about the craft and practice of teaching, as separate from course content, age of students, size of class, or institutional setting. Everywhere I go, I meet exemplary teachers, and I've been interested in figuring out what makes them so good.

  6. Motivating Students
    Some students seem naturally enthusiastic about learning, but many need-or expect-their instructors to inspire, challenge, and stimulate them: "Effective learning in the classroom depends on the teacher's ability ... to maintain the interest that brought students to the course in the first place." Whatever level of motivation your students bring to the classroom will be transformed, for better or worse, by what happens in that classroom.

  7. Ten Characteristics of Highly Effective Teachers
    These are the teachers who make me stop and think about the privileges I enjoy. They are the ones who make me want to give and do more.

  8. Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
    Apathetic students, illiterate graduates, incompetent teaching, impersonal campuses -- so rolls the drumfire of criticism of higher education. More than two years of reports have spelled out the problems. States have been quick to respond by holding out carrots and beating with sticks. There are neither enough carrots nor enough sticks to improve undergraduate education without the commitment and action of students and faculty members. They are the precious resources on whom the improvement of undergraduate education depends.But how can students and faculty members improve undergraduate education? Many campuses around the country are asking this question. To provide a focus for their work, we offer seven principles based on research on good teaching and learning in colleges and universities.

  9. Things you can do during the first part of a semester to get things going right
    Beginnings are important. Whether the class is a large introductory course for freshmen or an advanced course in the major field, it makes good sense to start the semester off well. Students will decide very early - some say the first day of class; some say the first 10 minutes of the first day of class - whether they will like the course, its contents, the teacher, and their fellow students.

  10. The Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier
    Louis Schmier is a Professor of History at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He is an inspirational teacher and philosopher. His Random Thoughts have been appearing on the Internet in educational listservs since April of 1993. Although he teaches at a University, his comments about teaching, his students, and life in general apply to all levels of education. Read a couple of the "favorites", or browse through over 600 in The Complete Random Thoughts. Be prepared to laugh, cry, become outraged, and get inspired.

  11. The Educational Theories of Theodore Sizer
    Former Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Theodore Sizer will be remembered as many things during his remarkable 50-year career in education, among them - teacher, education reformer, leader, and mentor. Sizer, 77, died in October 2009 at his Harvard, Mass. home.

  12. Educational Encyclopedia
    The Education Encyclopedia is a resource for professional educators as well as students in an education program. The encyclopedia features hundreds of carefully-researched articles about educational methods, best practices, and controversial issues in higher education.

  13. Adjunct is dedicated to helping college adjunct instructors succeed. In this blog, I will be sharing two types of information. I will offer advice for improving your skills and effectiveness as a college instructor; and I will provide tips for, putting it quite bluntly, staying out of trouble. While primarily aimed at college adjuncts, my hope is that other administrators will find my postings helpful and contribute their own "lessons learned" for the benefit of all.

  14. 10 Rules of Teaching in this Century
    We've been predicting a technology revolution for decades, and actually, it happened 5 years ago. We are now past the tipping point. Suddenly, we find that higher education no longer has a corner on knowledge-making and distribution. But on the bright side, the entire culture is learning-resource rich, technology has a more human face, and education has become more critical than ever.

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