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Students Interrogate Buddhism: Using the Reader Response Technique to Enhance Classroom Interaction

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Good teachers know that feedback to students is essential to learning. Often overlooked, however, is feedback to instructors, which is indispensable for quality teaching. And good teaching often takes place without feedback to instructors. But, excellent, highly involved teachers benefit from knowing what is on students’ minds, because this is the “real curriculum.” This is what motivates and ultimately satisfies them. When faculty know what interests their students, they are far more likely to harness the energy of that inherent curiosity on particular points. Faculty who know when and where students have misgivings or misperceptions can steer the classroom discussions to areas of concern and head off potential difficulties.