The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors

Front Cover, Jun 2, 2009 - Education - 280 pages
Education Review Gathering concepts and techniques borrowed from outstanding college professors, The Joy of Teaching provides helpful guidance for new instructors developing and teaching their first college courses. Award-winning professor Peter Filene proposes that teaching should not be like a baseball game in which the instructor pitches ideas to students to see whether they hit or strike out. Ideally, he says, teaching should resemble a game of Frisbee in which the teacher invites students to catch ideas and pass them on. Rather than prescribe any single model for success, Filene lays out the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical strategies, inviting new teachers to make choices based on their own personalities, values, and goals. Filene tackles everything from syllabus writing and lecture planning to class discussions, grading, and teacher-student interactions outside the classroom. The book's down-to-earth, accessible style makes it appropriate for teachers in all fields. Instructors in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences will all welcome its invaluable tips for successful teaching and learning.

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User Review  - aevaughn - LibraryThing

Filene's book is an excellent overview of how to teach, but it seems to be more applicable to fields that are more subjective (i.e. humanities). I'm in chemistry, so the emphasis is more on ... Read full review

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User Review  - LTITC - LibraryThing

I think Peter Filene provides excellent guidance to new teachers, especially those who have had little practical experience teaching. Filene addresses some sensitive issues (communicating with ... Read full review


Understanding Yourself as a Teacher
Understanding Your Students
Constructing a Syllabus
Broadening the Learning Environment
Evaluating and Grading
Relating to Students
Teaching and Not Perishing
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