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A Little Book on Teaching

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It is often a challenging and overwhelming transition to go from being a student to being a teacher. Many new faculty members of engineering and science have to make this dramatic transition in a very short time. In the same closing months of your Ph.D. program you are trying to complete your research, finish and defend your dissertation, find a job, move to a new location, and start a new job as a faculty member. If you are lucky, you've had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant and possibly have taught a university-level course. If you have served as a research assistant, your teaching opportunities may have been limited. Somehow, in this quick transition from student to teacher, one is supposed to become a good teacher and be ready for the first day of school. This book is intended as a basic primer on college-level teaching and learning for a new faculty member of engineering and applied science. New faculty members in other disciplines will find much of the information applicable to their area of expertise as well. First and foremost, this book is about learning and teaching. However, it also provides helpful information on related topics such as mentorship, student challenges, graduate students, tenure, and promotion and accreditation. This book is also intended as a reference for seasoned professionals. It is a good reference for those mentoring the next generation of college educators. Table of Contents: List of Figures / What makes a Great Teacher? / A little learning theory / Preparation for the first day of classes / Assessment / Beyond the first day

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half title
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. List of Figures
  9. 1 What makes a Great Teacher?
    1. 1.1 Overview
    2. 1.2 Welcome
    3. 1.3 What makes a great teacher?
      1. 1.3.1 The Atlantic, 2010
      2. 1.3.2 What Great Teachers Do Differently
      3. 1.3.3 U.S. Professors of the Year
      4. 1.3.4 What Makes a Great Teacher?
      5. 1.3.5 Top Five Character Traits of Superior Teachers
      6. 1.3.6 What makes a great teacher—take two!
    4. 1.4 Pulling it all together: a synthesized model
    5. 1.5 Great teachers as role models
    6. 1.6 Summary
    7. References and Further Reading
    8. 1.7 Chapter Activities
  10. 2 A little learning theory
    1. 2.1 Overview
    2. 2.2 The physiological basis of learning
    3. 2.3 Levels of learning — Bloom’s Taxonomy
    4. 2.4 Personality Types
    5. 2.5 Jung, Myers and Briggs
    6. 2.6 Felder and Silverman: Bridging the gap between learning and teaching styles
    7. 2.7 Summary
    8. References and Further Reading
    9. 2.8 Chapter Activities
  11. 3 Preparation for the first day of classes
    1. 3.1 Overview
    2. 3.2 The student as a customer
    3. 3.3 What did you want from a teacher when you were a student?
    4. 3.4 Course development
      1. 3.4.1 Accreditation
      2. 3.4.2 Syllabus
      3. 3.4.3 Textbook selection
      4. 3.4.4 Lesson plans
    5. 3.5 Other items to consider
    6. 3.6 Establishing good student relationships
    7. 3.7 Conducting the lecture
    8. 3.8 Challenges
    9. 3.9 Available resources
    10. 3.10 Summary
    11. References and Further Reading
    12. 3.11 Chapter Activities
  12. 4 Assessment
    1. 4.1 Overview
    2. 4.2 Assessment of your students
    3. 4.3 Assessment of you
    4. 4.4 Self assessment
    5. 4.5 Assessment of your course
    6. 4.6 Summary
    7. References and Further Reading
    8. 4.7 Chapter Activities
  13. 5 Beyond the first day
    1. 5.1 Mentoring
      1. 5.1.1 Traits of a good mentor
      2. 5.1.2 Finding a good mentor
      3. 5.1.3 Being a good mentor
    2. 5.2 Teaching Rewards
    3. 5.3 Finding Balance
    4. 5.4 Where to go from here?
    5. 5.5 Summary
    6. References and Further Reading
    7. 5.6 Chapter Activities
  14. A Sample syllabus
  15. B Personal Worksheet
  16. Author’s Biography
  17. Index