Are you starting to panic about the approach of the fall semester?
Maia Heyck-Merlin’s book The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time (2012) is chock-full of helpful ideas. It’s aimed at K-12 teachers, yet much of the advice is fully applicable to college-level teachers, too.
Donna Goldberg pretty much launched the field of student organizing, and her 2005 book The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond is the first title I recommend for parents and teachers of middle and high school students. That said, there’s much in this volume that speaks to the needs of the university community, especially graduate students and faculty. Continue reading →
Daniel Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us provides a fascinating lens for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the university as a place for both study and employment. Continue reading →
Cal Newport’s book, How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less changed my life. It still amazes me how well Newport identifies and describes the critical thinking tasks at the heart of an excellent education without ever once using that contested phrase! Continue reading →