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Small Teaching. Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

  • ID: 3610247
  • Book
  • April 2016
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for small TEACHING

"The deft way that Lang positions his learning recommendations as ′micro′ changes will make this book catch on like wildfire in higher education."
—Victoria Mondelli, executive director, Teaching Excellence & Engaged Learning, Mercy College

"Small Teaching is packed with ideas that will have you highlighting like mad. But this is no mere collection of tips—instead, it′s a powerful, coherent framework aligned to the realities of teaching in higher education today."
—Michelle Miller, director, First Year Learning Initiative, University College, and professor, Northern Arizona University

"Lang′s book offers what so many faculty members want and need: small–scale changes that can enhance their teaching and their students′ learning—not just ′someday′ but Monday."
—Marsha C. Lovett, director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

"In Small Teaching, Lang shows us that sometimes less really is more—less disruptive and more appealing, less complicated and more doable, less busy–work and more student learning. Be ready to underline, add comments, attach sticky–notes, and share your copy. In fact, buy two because your first copy will forever be on loan to colleagues ready for easy–to–adopt ideas that offer real results."
—Susan M. Zvacek, associate provost for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning, University of Denver

"Lang′s ′must–read′ new book Small Teaching presents a vital array of brief classroom activities, course interventions, and course design modifications that can enhance student learning, any of which can be employed at any time during the semester. Supported by thorough research and an engaging narrative style, this book can be mined by faculty across the disciplines on any campus that prizes student learning."
—Jeffery Galle, director, Center for Academic Excellence, Oxford College of Emory University

"The notion that amazing teaching can come as a result of making small, research–based changes seems simple, but it has the potential to empower many in higher education. James Lang has done us all a great service by providing strategies that allow us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom without overhauling our entire approach to teaching."
—Joshua R. Eyler, director, Center for Teaching Excellence, and adjunct associate professor of humanities, Rice University

"James Lang′s Small Teaching manages to distill volumes of educational research into practical strategies that can be put to use immediately, without having to remake your whole course. I expect I′ll be seeing well–thumbed copies on professors′ bookshelves for years to come."
—David Gooblar, pedagogy columnist for Chronicle Vitae, and founder of PedagogyUnbound.com

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Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction: Small Teaching 1

Part I Knowledge

1 Retrieving 19

2 Predicting 41

3 Interleaving 63

Part II Understanding

4 Connecting 91

5 Practicing 113

6 Self–Explaining 137

Part III Inspiration

7 Motivating 167

8 Growing 195

9 Expanding 219

Conclusion: Beginning 243

Works Cited 247

Index 253

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James M. Lang
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