Friday, December 11, 2009


Greetings Everyone,

I wanted to share a book that I have been reading during my beginning experience at Monmouth. It is called The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors by Peter Filene with a foreward by Ken Bain.

If anyone has any good resources for educators on online or hybrid teaching, please do share them. Thanks!

Also, I am looking for books on test construction. I've found a lot on evaluation but are there any dedicated books for unique for test item construction.

My very best,

Monday, November 30, 2009

Books, books, books

Hi All,

A belated thanks for a productive first meeting of our reading group. Here are some potential books for next time. Let me know what you prefer.

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut, Donald L. Finkel

Creating Significant Learning Experiences, L. Dee Fink

Rethinking University Teaching, Diana Laurillard

The Course Syllabus: A Learning Centered Approach, Judith O'Brien

The Art of Teaching, Gilbert Highet


Saturday, November 14, 2009

What do those best teachers do?

Here are some thoughts to start us thinking for our breakfast on the 17th.

Who was your best teacher and why?

How important is the performance part of teaching?

What leads to transformative experiences for our students?

How important is content knowledge and scholarship to effective teaching?

Is knowledge constructed or received?

Does praise help or hurt?

Bain mentions Donald Sari and his principle of WGAD, Who Gives a Damn, is this a useful approach?

What about planning backwards, starting with the big picture goals and working to the specifics, do you do this, does it work?

Lecturing, does it work or does it drive students away?

How do you hold students attention while still being scholarly?

What about telling students who ask to drop the class that "good students" aren't allowed to drop the class (p. 136). Would this work?

Does humility set the best teachers apart?

There are also lots of other things to think about in this book. These are only a few of the issues that I found intriguing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What the Best Teachers Do

Hi all,

The first meeting of our reading group is next week. I know that not everyone can make it so I thought a blog might be a good way to extend our discussion. I will have a more substantive post later this evening. You should also feel free to post thoughts, ideas, reactions, and indeed criticisim here.

All the best,