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Suggestions for good reading materials for TLCs gathered from the POD Listserv in September 09.  Most descriptions taken from Amazon.com.  These are ranked in order of those books that were recommended by multiple people at the top.


Contents

  1. 1 Reading List
    1. 1.1 The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 10th Anniversary Edition by Parker J. Palmer updated 2007
    2. 1.2 Thinking About Teaching and Learning: Developing Habits of Learning with First Year College and University Students - by Robert Leamnson
    3. 1.3 The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning by James Zull  (2)
    4. 1.4 My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan
    5. 1.5 The Missing Professor by Thomas B. Jones
    6. 1.6 Teaching with Your Mouth Shut by Donald L. Finkel
    7. 1.7 What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
    8. 1.8 Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice by Sheryl E. Burgstahler and Rebecca C. Coy
    9. 1.9 Building Partnerships for Service Learning by Jacoby and Associates
    10. 1.10 Clickers in the Classroom by Douglas Duncan
    11. 1.11 Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham
    12. 1.12 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
    13. 1.13 Enhancing Learning Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The Challenges and Joys of Juggling (JB - Anker) by Kathleen McKinney and K. Patricia Cross
    14. 1.14 Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses  by L. Dee Fink
    15. 1.15 Blended Learning and Online Tutoring - Janet McDonald
    16. 1.16 Introduction to Rubrics - Stevens and Levi
    17. 1.17 Discussion as a way of Teaching - Brookfield and Preskill
    18. 1.18 Blueprint for Learning -Laurie Richlin
    19. 1.19 Blended Learning in Higher Education - Garrison and Vaughan
    20. 1.20 Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning - Patricia Cranton
    21. 1.21 Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom - Pratt and Pallof
  2. 2 List of Contributors
 

Reading List

 

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 10th Anniversary Edition by Parker J. Palmer updated 2007

THE COURAGE TO TEACH takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors. This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives. (2)


Thinking About Teaching and Learning: Developing Habits of Learning with First Year College and University Students - by Robert Leamnson

Here is a compelling read for every teacher in higher education who wants to refresh or reexamine his or her classroom practice.

Building on the insights offered by recent discoveries about the biological basis of learning, and on his own thought-provoking definitions of teaching, learning and education, the author proceeds to the practical details of instruction that teachers are most interested in--the things that make or break teaching.

Practical and thoughtful, and based on forty years of teaching, wide reading and much reflection, Robert Leamnson provides teachers with a map to develop their own teaching philosophy, and effective nuts-and-bolts advice.

His approach is particularly useful for those facing a cohort of first year students less prepared for college and university. He is concerned to develop in his students habits and skills that will equip them for a lifetime of learning.

He is especially alert to the psychology of students. He also understands, and has experienced, the typical frustration and exasperation teachers feel when students ingeniously elude their teachers’ loftiest goals and strategies. Most important, he has good advice about how to cope with the challenge.

This guide will appeal to college teachers in all disciplines.


The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning by James Zull  (2)

Neuroscience tells us that the products of the mind -- thought, emotions, artistic creation -- are the result of the interactions of the biological brain with our senses and the physical world: in short, that thinking and learning are the products of a biological process.

This realization, that learning actually alters the brain by changing the number and strength of synapses, offers a powerful foundation for rethinking teaching practice and one's philosophy of teaching.

James Zull invites teachers in higher education or any other setting to accompany him in his exploration of what scientists can tell us about the brain and to discover how this knowledge can influence the practice of teaching. He describes the brain in clear non-technical language and an engaging conversational tone, highlighting its functions and parts and how they interact, and always relating them to the real world of the classroom and his own evolution as a teacher.

"The Art of Changing the Brain" is grounded in the practicalities and challenges of creating effective opportunities for deep and lasting learning, and of dealing with students as unique learners.

 

My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan

After nearly two decades as a university professor, the author (writing under a pseudonym) realized she was out of touch with her students. She didn't understand them. They no longer stopped by her office for consultations, no longer did assigned readings or participated in class discussions; they openly took naps in class, brought in food and drink, and behaved as though their education was of no importance to them. Looking for a way to close the gap between her and her students, Nathan enrolled in her own university as a freshman. Over the year, she gained an understanding and appreciation of contemporary college life. She found that many students who seemed uninterested in the whole idea of school were actually intensely curious and passionate about their education. They weren't the problem; the institution of learning was. This book offers insightful exploration of contemporary higher education and fascinating commentary on the ways in which the system has not kept up with the ever-changing needs of its students. David Pitt

Copyright © American Library Association.

The Missing Professor by Thomas B. Jones


Fresh out of graduate school and desperate to pay off her student loans, Nicole Adams joins the faculty at Higher State U, a small university with a dubious past located in the middle of the Midwest.

On her second day of classes as a new assistant professor of philosophy, still flustered and disoriented, Nicole is plunged into a campus-wide mystery. Someone has ransacked the office she shares with the ill-tempered R. Reynolds Raskin, the department's senior professor, and he has since disappeared.

Two weeks later, with Raskin still missing, Nicole receives a threatening phone call . . .

Read one way, this is an entertaining parody of an academic mystery and a humorous take on academic life. Turning the book upside down reveals another purpose. Each chapter is constructed as an informal case study/discussion story, as is made manifest by a series of discussion questions intended for faculty development, new faculty orientation, and conversations among faculty, administrators, and academic staff.

As the mystery unfolds, each chapter finds Nicole encountering challenging situations—such as, the first day of class, student incivility, teaching evaluations, peer observation, academic assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty and student rights and responsibilities, core curricula, and tenure standards.

This little book can be read and used both ways: as pure entertainment and as a series of informal case studies, spiced with humor, to help break down academic barriers and promote spirited discussions

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut by Donald L. Finkel

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut is not intended as a manual for teachers; it aims to provoke reflection on the many ways teaching can be organized.


Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice by Sheryl E. Burgstahler and Rebecca C. Coy

Universal Design in Higher Education is a comprehensive guide for researchers and practitioners on creating fully accessible college and university programs. It is founded upon, and contributes to, theories of universal design in education that have been gaining increasingly wide attention in recent years. As greater numbers of students with disabilities attend postsecondary educational institutions, administrators have expressed increased interest in making their programs accessible to all students. This book provides both theoretical and practical guidance for schools as they work to turn this admirable goal into a reality. It addresses a comprehensive range of topics on universal design for higher education institutions, thus making a crucial contribution to the growing body of literature on special education and universal design. This book will be of unique value to university and college administrators, and to special education researchers, practitioners, and activists.

Universal Design in Higher Education looks at the design of physical and technological environments at institutions of higher education; at issues pertaining to curriculum and instruction; and at the full array of student services. It concludes with a thorough consideration of how to institutionalize universal design at higher education institutions. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Building Partnerships for Service Learning by Jacoby and Associates

This book supplies valuable theoretical and practical guidance in advancing partnerships in service-learning.


Clickers in the Classroom by Douglas Duncan

This book provides information on how to successfully teach using clicker technology, looking at: the benefits of using clickers; the clicker experience at other schools; research on clicker usage; and more.

 

Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Mindset is "an established set of attitudes held by someone," says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of attitudes needn't be so set, according to Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as... well, fixed. In other words, you are who you are, your intelligence and talents are fixed, and your fate is to go through life avoiding challenge and failure. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see yourself as fluid, a work in progress. Your fate is one of growth and opportunity. Which mindset do you possess? Dweck provides a checklist to assess yourself and shows how a particular mindset can affect all areas of your life, from business to sports and love. The good news, says Dweck, is that mindsets are not set: at any time, you can learn to use a growth mindset to achieve success and happiness. This is a serious, practical book. Dweck's overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is welcome. (On sale Feb. 28)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Enhancing Learning Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The Challenges and Joys of Juggling (JB - Anker) by Kathleen McKinney and K. Patricia Cross

The Challenges and Joys of Juggling There has been growing demand for workshops and materials to help those in higher education conduct and use the scholarship of teaching and learning. This book offers advice on how to do, share, and apply SoTL work to improve student learning and development. Written for college-level faculty members as well as faculty developers, administrators, academic staff, and graduate students, this book will also help undergraduate students collaborating with faculty on SoTL projects. Though targeted at those new to the field of SoTL, more seasoned SoTL researchers and those attempting to support SoTL efforts will find the book valuable. It can be used as an individual reading, a shared reading in SoTL writing circles, a resource in workshops on SoTL, and a text in seminars on teaching. Contents include:

  • Defining SoTL
  • The functions, value, rewards, and standards for SoTL work
  • Working with colleagues, involving students, writing grants, integrating SoTL into your professional life, and finding useful resources
  • Practical and ethical issues associated with SoTL work
  • Making your SoTL public and documenting your work
  • The status of SoTL in disciplinary and institutional
    contexts
  • Applying the goals of SoTL to enhance student
    learning and development.


Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses  by L. Dee Fink


Educative Assessment - Grant Wiggins

Assessing Student Performance laid out the theoretical foundations of a new assessment system that provides a more authentic picture of student capabilities than standardized testing. In Assessment for Excellence, Grant Wiggins provides guidance on how to design performance-based assessments for use in the classroom. This book covers all aspects of assessment design, including how to craft performance tasks that meet rigorous educational standards, how to score assessments fairly, and how to structure and judge student portfolios. It also looks at how performance assessment can be used to improve curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting?and teacher accountability.


Blended Learning and Online Tutoring - Janet McDonald

This book adopts a pragmatic and commonsense approach to blended learning, by situating the use of online media within a well-grounded teaching and learning strategy. It provides practical ideas for the successful implementation of blended strategies, including good practice in both asynchronous and synchronous tutoring, appropriate assessment design for developing successful blended learners, and innovative approaches to professional development for distance tutors. It is illustrated with a wide variety of examples and comments from students and practitioners in both distance and campus based environments in thirteen different countries. The second edition considers the potential of Web 2.0 technologies and activity based learning, and provides new exemplars of learning activity design.


Introduction to Rubrics - Stevens and Levi


Discussion as a way of Teaching - Brookfield and Preskill


Blueprint for Learning -Laurie Richlin

This book familiarizes readers with course design elements; enables them to understand themselves as individuals and teachers; know their students; adapt to the learning environment; design courses that promote deep learning; and assess the impact of the teaching practices and design choices they have made. She provides tools to create a full syllabus, offers guidance on such issues as framing questions that encourage discussion, developing assignments with rubrics, and creating tests.


Blended Learning in Higher Education - Garrison and Vaughan


Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning - Patricia Cranton


Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom - Pratt and Pallof




List of Contributors


List of Contributors
  • Eli Collins-Brown, EdD, Director of Instructional Technology,Methodist College of Nursing, www.mcon.edu , ecollins-brown@mcon.edu





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