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Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors

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Teaching at Its Best

This third edition of the best-selling handbook offers faculty at all levels an essential toolbox of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, formats, classroom activities, and exercises, all of which can be implemented immediately. This thoroughly revised edition includes the newest portrait of the Millennial student; current research from cognitive
Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 17th 2010 by Jossey-Bass (first published December 28th 1998)
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Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: College Instructors
Rarely do I order a book through interlibrary loan and decide to purchase it. This is a book I want to have on my shelf. The book incorporates the latest studies on how students learn into suggestions for how to run your classroom. It need not be read from beginning to end. Instead you can flip to the appropriate chapter for a refresher or for new information: "Course Coordination Between Faculty and TAs" "Making the Most of Office Hours" "Making the Lecture a Learning Experience" "Getting Your ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching
Great resource. Answers more questions than I had about making college classrooms more engaging and learner-focused. If I had the paper copy, it would have dogears; kindle doesn't really let useful books look well-used.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ed-theory
Quickly becoming one of my favorite general sources on a wide variety of teaching issues. Best thing about Nilson is that she relies on research for all of her recommendations. And, not surprisingly, faculty (trained in research) are much more likely to follow recommendations that are based on careful studies. But beyond the solidity of the research, Nilson's essays are all short, to-the-point, easily navigable, well-organized, and clearly written. Nice job Linda!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, how-to
As someone who has no training in pedagogy, this was perfect. There are case studies in many domains (science, math, liberal arts, etc) and this blends evidence-based research on learning with practical application to common problems in the classroom. I could not recommend this book more highly for new TAs or graduate students who are new to teaching.
Seth Channell
This is an excellent book for thinking through how to improve teaching skills. It deserves five stars for books within the field of teaching. However, the topic of how to teach better is not the most gripping.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for new teachers. Very practical and thoughtful.
Dee Em
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This text was really useful in designing an undergraduate course that aims to limit lectures and engage students in discussions and classroom activities.
what a really handful book for teaching. undoubtedly there will many times i turn on its pages over and over again :D it covers "from top to toe" - about teaching at college. from the basic knowledge of pedagogy to detailed teaching techniques at class. from the definition of Bloom taxonomy to - even - how to control our pitch voice in class. it also offers solutions to common problems potential found in class - from cheating to learning style of students. it is also updated research based - tea ...more
Kaye Adkins
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I strongly recommend this book to teachers interested in teaching reflectively, and who believe they can always teach better. I teach future teachers and will suggest they start reading this long before they set foot in their first classroom. Maybe if non-teachers read this, they could get a better sense of just how complex good teaching is and understand that teachers are true professionals--and that technological shortcuts will only shortchange students.
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