Assessing Students

Assessing Student Learning a Common Sense Guide
Author: Linda Suskie
This book provides an excellent introduction for faculty and administers who have implement assessment in the classroom. The author says the book is short on “background and theory”, but presents concepts in understandable language to assist one with outcome based assessment.

Assessment for Learning in Higher Education
Authors: Kay Sambell, Liz McDowell, Catherine Montgomery
This book provides an important and accessible blend of practical examples of Assessment for Learning in a variety of subjects. Practical, often small-scale and eminently do-able ideas are presented backed up by relevant theory.

Introduction to Rubrics
Authors: Dannelle D. Stevens, Antonia J. Levi
This book discusses and presents rubrics that are geared toward exclusively to college level teaching. It is a short to the point book which is very useful .

Engaging Students

Creating Significant Learning Experiences
Author: L. Dee Fink
In posing a fundamental question for all teachers, “How can I create courses that will provide significant learning experiences for my students?”, the author urges teachers to shift to a learning-centered approach. The author provides several conceptual and procedural tools for designing instruction.

Academically Adrift
Authors: Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
Almost everyone wants to go to college, but how much do undergraduates really learn once they’re there? According to this book, the answer is for many students not much.

Student Engagement Techniques
Author: Elizabeth F. Barkley
Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is a challenge educators face regularly
In the classroom. This book contains numerous tips, strategies, and techniques which are proven to help teachers to motivate and connect with their students.

Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students
Authors: Karen A. Becker, Karla M. Krodel, Bethanie H. Tucker
A comprehensive look at the needs of under-resourced students and provides strategies for their success. You’ll  look at recognizing the impact of economic class on student preparedness, building on students’ existing resources, experiences and abilities, help students look beyond the classroom through service learning and several other areas of interest.

Active Learning 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject
Author: Mel Silberman
This book provides active learning techniques which are explained in detail as to how they can be implemented.  It gets you back on the track with fresh ideas and innovative strategies for getting you back on track with your teaching.


More Games Trainers Play
Authors: Edward E. Scannell and John W. Newstrom
This book is a compilation of proven instruction aids designed to help boost confidence and create enthusiasm. Ideas are provided to enhance verbal and nonverbal communication  build group cohesiveness and cooperation

Focus on Community College Success
Author: Constance Staley
This student-driven text addresses the unique issues facing community college students. This is a forward-thinking text which delivers proof that the college success course matters and improves retention.

College and Career Success Concise Verson
Author: Marsha Fralick
This text helps students understand their personal strengths and matching careers. Motivation and positive thinking are a theme throughout the book. Interactive activities, group exercises and journal entries help students with critical thinking and applying the material they have learned.

Engaging Ideas
Author: John C. Bean
In this book, the reader will find a wide variety of strategies for stimulating active learning. It offers concrete advice to instructors on how to design courses, structure assignments, use class time, critique student performance, and model critical thinking.

 

Teaching Strategies

Strengths Finder
Author: Tom Rath
Provides hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths based on the Strength Finder assessment develop by Gallup

What the Best College Teachers Do
Author: Ken Bain
What makes a great teacher great? This book is the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly  one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities. According to the author, “the best teachers know their subject inside and out – but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses”.

Becoming A New Instructor
Author: Ericka Falk
This book guides new instructors through the planning, preparation, and execution of their first class.
Provided are step-by-step instructions on writing a syllabus, calculating grades and many other suggestions an experienced teacher. This book should be on all beginning instructors book shelf.

On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching
Author: James M. Lang
The author of this book was a former assistant director of the Searle Center for Academic Excellence and is currently Associate Professor of English at Assumption College. With topics such as “The Syllabus”, “In the Classroom: Lecture”, “Students as Learners”, “Re-Energizing the Classroom” and many more, the book covers a wide variety of helpful subjects.

The Course Syllabus Second Edition
Authors: Judith Grunert O’Brien, Barbara J. Mills, Margaret W. Cohen
The first part of this  book will plan compose and use a learner-centered syllabus. The second part provides sample sections from syllabi currently in use.

Teaching Tips A Guidebook for the Beginning College Teacher
Author: Wilbert J. McKeachie
This book was written to answer the number of questions asked by beginning college teachers.
This book is the seventh edition and contains tips to help beginning college teachers  feel at ease with
With their job and begin effectively in the classroom. In this book, the tips are backed up with theory and research relevant to the methods presented.

What’s the Use of Lectures?
Author: Donald A. Bligh
Want to be a skilled lecturer? This book provides great insight to people who teach. It examines the nature of teaching learning in a classroom lecture telling how students learn, how much they retain, and how to enhance their attention and motivation

Teaching Tips

147 Practical Tips for Teaching Diversity
Authors: William M. Timpson, Raymond Yang, Evelinn Borrayo, Silvia Sara Canetto
Teaching Diversity is an important idea embraced by most teachers. This book provided proven approaches to get students working and collaborating from the first day of class.

147 Tips Practical Tips for using Icebreakers with College Students
Author: Robert Magnan
This book provides ideas for using “ice breakers” to build community with the leaners in your classroom.
You’ll find tips to help your students feel more comfortable, bring out students’ feelings, and encourage your students to be interested in each other.  Many more tips are  offered for your use in the classroom.

147 Practical Tips for Teaching Online Groups
Authors: Donald E. Hanna, Michelle Glowacki-Dudka & Simone Conceicao-Runlee
This book provides strategies for effective online teaching. It begins with pre-instructional prerparation and progresses through actual online teaching


147 Practical Tips for Teaching Professors
Compiled and Edited by Robert Magnan
From issues of The Teaching Professor this collection was compiled and edited for the new and experienced professors. It provides tips on the physically of classroom to student evaluations to help you make actual differences in your class.

 

Understanding Student Populations

A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Author: Ruby Payne, PHD
Updated edition of the author’s research on understanding poverty, challenges faced by people in poverty and understanding how different their world is. This book provides practical real world support and guidance to improve ones’ effectiveness in working with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Global Achievement Gap
Author: Tony Wagner
Author gained insight from interviews with business leaders, reviews of new research and extensive classroom observations to analyze the skills that the next generation will need in the workplace, He includes new strategies and examples of how school districts are moving forward to implement his groundbreaking ideas. A must read for anyone interested in seeing our young people achieve their fill potential.

The Working Poor
Author: David K. Shipler
The author of this book examines the situations of the people known as “The Working Poor” As Shipler says that should an oxymoron, but many people exist in that category.  He finds and follows the lives of several people/families in that situation. These are people at or just above the federal government’s official poverty line. These individuals are trying to escape. The author follows several folks as they live on the edge. He also locates businesses  that are also living on the edge or are paying workers only enough to be classified as “The Working Poor”