On course: a week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching [NOOK Book]

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You go into teaching with high hopes: to inspire students, to motivate them to learn, to help them love your subject. Then you find yourself facing a crowd of expectant faces on the first day of the first semester, and you think ?Now what do I do??

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 ...

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On course: a week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching

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Overview

You go into teaching with high hopes: to inspire students, to motivate them to learn, to help them love your subject. Then you find yourself facing a crowd of expectant faces on the first day of the first semester, and you think “Now what do I do?”

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement
If you are looking for a [college teaching] job, get a headstart by buying and reading this book. If you already have one, your teaching still stands to gain much from it.
— Greg Garrard
bookslut.com
Briskly moving through the basics, [Lang] tackles the hard questions...with humor and insight...On Course is a vital resource for educators, even those who don't fit the first-year college-teaching market. My copy is dotted with notes about new ideas to try out in my lecture class this fall. Happily though, I took away from Lang's guidebook much more than techniques.
— Barbara J. King
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674033924
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 497,647
  • File size: 470 KB

Meet the Author

James M. Lang is Associate Professor of English at Assumption College and former assistant director of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He is the author of Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons From the First Year.
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Table of Contents


Contents
Acknowledgments
Preface
Before the Beginning: The Syllabus
Week 1. First Days of Class
Week 2. Teaching with Technology
Week 3. In the Classroom: Lectures
Week 4. In the Classroom: Discussions
Week 5. In the Classroom: Teaching with Small Groups
Week 6. Assignments and Grading
Week 7. Students as Learners
Week 8. Students as People
Week 9. Academic Honesty
Week 10. Finding a Balance Outside the Classroom
Week 11. Re-Energizing the Classroom
Week 12. Common Problems
Week 13. Student Ratings and Evaluations
Week 14. Last Days of Class
Week 15. Teachers as People
After the End: Top Ten Resources
Appendix A: A Sample Syllabus
Appendix B: Student Participation Evaluation Form
Index
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