Review: The Art of Teaching

The Art of Teaching
The Art of Teaching by Gilbert Highet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is one of the best books on teaching that I have yet read. Highet’s style is engaging and charming. As he meanders his way through various references to the Classics, personal anecdotes, and humorous stories to argue and elucidate each of his points, the reader is drawn in. It is difficult to put this book down.

Highet lays out in detail, with examples, and with practical guidance just what it takes to be a teacher; in short: an expert with a passion for both his subject and his students. Of particular interest to his reader was Highet’s exploration of the methods of some of the greatest teachers in history (Jesus, Plato, and Aristotle, among others). I recommend this book to teachers and parents.

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