Faculty Development Library
What We're Reading:
The following books were selected for their value in advocating teaching excellence and are available in the Library to be checked-out:
Make Just One Change
Dan Rothstein & Luz Santana
Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana advocate that making one small change can refresh and revitalize your instruction. The “one change” is to teach students to ask their own questions. Rothstein and Santana (2011) promote this change by providing a (fairly) simple technique called the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) which is a seven step process to guiding students into creating their own questions about the topic at hand. Here are the steps:
How could you do this with a Hybrid or Online class?
You can find more about this book (which is available in the Faculty Development section of the HCC library) and the QFT by visiting http://rightquestion.org/. On this site, you can find more in-depth explanations, examples and even a few PowerPoint presentations to help you explain the technique to your students.
James M. Lang
I borrowed the book Small Teaching by James Lang (available at the HCC library) from Amy Chase Martin and I found it extremely helpful. It is amazing that these little things can be so powerful. I implemented many strategies from the book straight away without making major changes in the course.
One strategy I found very useful is to solicit the prior knowledge of my students at the beginning of each individual topic. I asked students to work in small groups and spend 5-7 minutes writing down what they think they already know about the subject, and took another 5-7 minutes to solicit the responses and discuss them.
This activity helped me correct any mistaken perceptions they had and also activated their prior knowledge that I wanted to build on or reinforce. A small change, but so powerful, try it!
- Dr. Yang Yu, Instructor and Coordinator, Geography, Social Sciences at HCC
Dr. Norman Eng
In his book, Teaching College, Dr. Norman Eng blends his experience in marketing and education to bring faculty a new way of thinking about how they teach. Here are 5 tips Dr. Eng gives for teaching college:
Jose Antonio Bowen
Teaching Naked, by Goucher University President Jose Antonio Bowen, is a great guide to supporting your face-to-face classroom instruction with technology. Teaching Naked is Bowen’s term for the authentic face-to-face interaction between students and instructors that can only happen in the classroom.
Bowen examines the current state of affairs in higher education in America and argues that face-to-face teaching is the brick-and-mortar college’s greatest product and strength. The book is grounded in strategic teaching principles and the authentic use of technology as a tool for instruction.
Here are 3 ideas Bowen discusses in his book (which is available in the HCC library).