Resource Books on Teaching

The following books are available in the Speech Communication Center for students to use:

-Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy (New Pedagogies and Practices for Teaching in Higher Education)

-The Teaching Assistant Training Handbook: How to Prepare TAs for Their Responsibilities

-Working Theories for Teaching Assistant Development: Time-Tested & Robust Theories, Frameworks, & Models for TA & ITA Learning

-English Communication for International Teaching Assistants

-The Golden Climate in Distance Learning: The Secrets of Immediate Connection, Engagement, Enjoyment, and Performance

-The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World

-Conquering the Content: A Step-by-Step Guide to Online Course Design

-Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers

-Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College

-Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback, and Promote Student Learning

-Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty



Below is a list of other books that may be helpful:

On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching

 James M. Lang (Author)

Practical and lively, On Course is full of experience-tested, research-based advice for graduate students and new teaching faculty. It provides a range of innovative and traditional strategies that work well without requiring extensive preparation or long grading sessions when you’re trying to meet your own demanding research and service requirements. What do you put on the syllabus? How do you balance lectures with group assignments or discussions—and how do you get a dialogue going when the students won’t participate? What grading system is fairest and most efficient for your class? Should you post lecture notes on a website? How do you prevent cheating, and what do you do if it occurs? How can you help the student with serious personal problems without becoming overly involved? And what do you do about the student who won’t turn off his cell phone?

Packed with anecdotes and concrete suggestions, this book will keep both inexperienced and veteran teachers on course as they navigate the calms and storms of classroom life.

Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Higher and Adult Education Series)

Elizabeth F. Barkley (Author)

Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country,yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources.

Introduction to Rubrics:  An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning

Dannelle D. Stevens (Author)

You need rubrics if:
* You find yourself repeating the same comments on most student papers
* You worry that you’re grading the latest papers differently from the first
* You’re concerned about communicating the complexity of a semester-long assignment
* You question the consistency of your and your colleagues’ grading scales
* Grading is taking up far too much of your valuable time

Research shows that rubrics save professors time while conveying meaningful and timely feedback for students, and promoting self-regulated and independent learning. The reason rubrics are little used in higher education is that few faculty members have been exposed to their use.

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education)

by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro and Marsha C. Lovett (May 17, 2010)

Distilling the research literature and translating the scientific approach into language relevant to a college or university teacher, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. The authors have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation. Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching.

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