The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching
Now available on: Amazon.
In this podcast we discuss the book and the journey we have on while writing it over the past three years.
The first section of the book, Teaching 101, looks at student-professor interactions, discussing:
- The changing landscape of higher education and why many students feel disconnected from their educational experiences.
- A brief outline of the expectations of students today compared to the expectations of professor’s university experiences.
- A look at the financial landscapes that confront students and interfere with learning.
- Academic preparedness.
- The difficulties of teaching in a culture in which negotiation sometimes replaces hard work.
- The importance of establishing clear and wise boundaries with students.
- Establishing and keeping connections with students in the classroom during the semester to improve student learning.
Teaching 102 discusses putting together and nurturing successful courses based on a foundation of care for your students’ academic growth and well-being. Subjects include:
- Intentionally setting the tone and establishing rapport instead of letting the frenetic first days of the term set the tone of a course.
- Reinforcing tone and cementing expectations during the first course meetings.
- The art of effective record keeping to track student progress.
- Learning-goal-oriented course design, organization, and reflection.
- Recognizing symptoms and causes of a class “going bad.” The need to carefully diagnose symptoms, understand student perceptions, and reactions, and see how the symptoms can negatively affect a class.
- Changing the trajectory of a class that has gone off track. Strategies include responding early, checking in with students, not allowing the class to drift from its goals, and building a community of colleagues who are willing to discuss course remedies in confidence.
- Ending a class well. Ways in which students can be actively involved in the end-of-term assessments of their knowledge, understanding, and skills. Preparing for a final course meeting that leaves students both clear about how the course’s goals have been met and confident in seeing how the skills of a particular academic discipline may be applied to their education.
Teaching 103 presents advanced strategies and background for addressing trends and difficult situations in education today, and for helping students succeed:
- Classes that encourage critical thinking and introduce students to the expectations of college academic life.
- The stages of intellectual development most students will experience, and how to appropriately move them along that continuum in preparation for college work and life beyond college.
- Caring for students in online settings, addressing online learning’s additional challenges in knowing one’s audience, fostering community, and keeping a course on track.
- Strategies for addressing difficult student encounters.
- “Career Directions and Your Students’ Daily Bread” introduces students to the idea of a vocation, and discusses practical aspects of entering the work force, internships and apprenticeships, and graduate work.
We recorded this podcast on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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