Creating the Natural Critical Learning Environment: The Syllabus

The Syllabus as Promise: Can a shift in the Syllbus produce a better learning environment?

What kind of Syllabus do Highly Effective Teachers Develop?

We studied teachers who have enormous success in helping and encouraging their students to achieve remarkable learning and found that they usually produce a certain kind of syllabus.

If the syllabus didn’t exist and you wanted to invent one based on what we think we know about human motivation and learning, what kind of syllabus would you produce?

Answer: The same kind that highly successful teachers already use.

How so?

See Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA: 2004, for more on creating Natural Critical Learning Environments.