Teaching Within the Rhythms of the Semester

  • ID: 2210746
  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Makes an original and valuable contribution to the field. The use of case studies or vignettes allows one to enter a professor′s teaching life and view the lessons that emerge from his or her struggles and successes in teaching." ––Mary Deane Sorcinelli, director, Center for Teaching, University of Massachussetts, AmherstA unique and far–reaching guide to teaching and learning that is organized around the ebbs and flows of energy that occur within the time frame of a course. Each chapter opens with a vignette that illustrates some of the challenges teachers encounter in the classroom and the ways both they and their students respond to them. These realistic and engaging narratives are followed by a discussion of the educational, cognitive, and affective theories at work, as well as concrete suggestions––more than one hundred throughout the book––for similar classroom situations.
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Part One: Prelude to the Semester.

1. Exploring Teaching Styles.

2. Creating Magic in the Classroom.

3. Stalking the Superior Syllabus.

Part Two: Tempo of the Semester.

4. The Opening Weeks: Establishing Community.

5. The Interim Weeks: Beating the Doldrums.

6. The Final Weeks: Achieving Closure.
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DONNA KILLIAN DUFFY is professor and co–coordinator of the Activating Learning in the Classroom (ALC) program at Middlesex Community College, Bedford and Lowell, Massachusetts. JANET WRIGHT JONES is professor emeritus of Middlesex Community College and former co–coordinator of the ALC program. In 1991, Duffy and Jones received the International Award for Teaching Excellence presented by the International Conference on Teaching Excellence at Austin, Texas, as well as awards for Teaching Excellence at Middlesex Community College.
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