On this week's episode, I learn about Small Teaching with Dr. James Lang.
Guest: James Lang
Author, Small Teaching*
James M. Lang is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where he teaches courses in British literature and in creative nonfiction writing. The author of five books and more than a hundred reviews or essays, on topics ranging from higher education to British literature, Lang writes a monthly column for The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as contributing regularly to America and Notre Dame Magazine. He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for the University of West Virginia Press. He has delivered public lectures and faculty workshops at more than fifty colleges or universities in the United States and abroad. He is currently a roster member of the Fulbright Specialist Program in higher education, and available to partner with non-U.S. institutions for grant projects related to teaching, learning, or academic integrity in higher education.
What I started to notice was that the coaches who paid attention to these little things, and focused on small fundamentals, tended to do a lot better than the teams that didn’t.
I’m a big believer in the opening and closing minutes of class … I think those are really ripe opportunities for small teaching.
I try to do framing activities to help the students realize the value of what we’re doing.
Small Teaching: Small modifications in course design or communication with your students. These recommendations might not translate directly into 10-minute or one-time activities, but they also do not require radical rethinking of your courses. They might inspire tweaks or small changes in the way you organize the daily schedule of your course, write your course description or assignment sheets, or respond to the writing of your students.
- Book: The Power of Habit* by Charles Duhigg
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- Video: How to be Alone
- Article: Boring but Important
- MERLOT Awards
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