It Works for Me: Shared Tips for Teaching

It Works for Me: Shared Tips for Teaching

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Title: It Works for Me: Shared Tips for Teaching
Author: Hal Blythe & Charlie Sweet
Description: Why bother to read yet another book about teaching? What can you possibly gain that will prepare you to meet those daily moments of truth? Perhaps this book's title suggests the answer. It Works for Me: Shared Tips for Teaching is not a treatise on pedagogical theory, nor is it designed to dictate a set of rules for success in the classroom. Its purpose is not to provide you with a complete program for better teaching. It Works for Me is simply a collection of practical tips drawn from the real-life experiences of some outstanding college teachers across the disciplines. It is meant as an aid for any instructor who feels the need for a little something extra from time to time to raise the classroom experience from merely passable to one from which students will eagerly learn and one they will remember. Use It Works for Me as a ready reference tool, pulling from it tips, techniques, and assignments and tailoring them to fit your unique style and situation. If a technique works, continue to employ it, shaping and expanding it so that it becomes your own. If something doesn't quite suit your needs, modify it or toss it out. Perhaps some of the suggestions will even whet your appetite, leading to the creation of new, exciting material of you own. Authors Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet note that, "It Works for Me will ... supply you with useful techniques to get the most from your classroom experience."
    1. Ice breakers
      1. The 3x5 Card
      2. The 3x5 Card +
      3. The Student Questionnaire
      4. The Self-Introduction
      5. The Roster
      6. The Collage
      7. Getting Acquainted
    2. Picture Books
    3. How to Use a Textbook (Correctly)
    4. Empathy
    5. Names and Faces
    6. Reading Survey
    7. The Characteristics of Literature
    8. How to Answer an Essay Question
    9. The Reasoning Process
    10. Common Spelling Problems
    11. Ten Timely Tips
    12. The ARTS System of Success
    1. The Thirty-Second Strategem
    2. Openings
    3. Entry Cards
    4. Short Answer Roll Call
    5. Current Events
    6. Wake Them Up
    1. The Quick Review
    2. The Superstar Strategem
    3. Pop Allusions
    4. Cheap Visual Aids
    5. The Parking Lot
    6. The On-Board Summary
    7. Humor
    8. The Reading Quiz
    9. The Advantages of Daily Quizzes
    10. PPPPPP
    11. The Chapter Outline
    12. Grading Attendance
    13. Building an Essay
    14. The Pillars of Civilization
    15. The Teaching Log
    1. Questioning Technique
    2. My Visits to the Other Side
    3. The Alter Ego
    4. Check With Your Neighbor
    5. "What If" Questions
    1. Improv in the Classroom
    2. Visualizing Concepts
    3. An Experiential Illustration
    4. Illustrating Scenes
    5. Acting Out Scenes
    6. Describing a Martian
    7. Special Person of the Day
    8. Student as Expert
    9. Phone Home
    10. Student Mentors
    11. The Process Theme
    12. A Made-to-Order Vocabulary Exercise
    13. Building Well-Supported Paragraphs
    14. The Essay as a Collection of Paragraphs
    15. The Interview
    16. Using Borrowed Material
    17. Collaborative Group Work
    18. Role Playing in Group Learning
    19. The Personalized Pop Quiz
    20. Public Conferencing
    21. The Circle Critique
    22. Double Discussion Groups
    23. Student Samples
    24. Shared Research
    25. Developing Perspective
    26. Building A Poem
    1. Closing Activity
    2. Review and Preview
    3. Student Summaries
    4. Student Questions
    5. Closing Quiz
    1. Applying Psychology to Life
    2. What's Your Style?
    3. Submitting for Publication
    4. Reading Report
    5. Academic Limericks
    6. The Cultural Report
    7. Reading Guide
    8. The Mini-Casebook
    9. The Editorial Cartoon
    10. Using the Computer for Research
    11. Talking About Writing
    12. An Emotional Response
    13. The Time Capsule
    14. WIT Sheets
    15. Assignment Choices
    1. Preparing for Examinations
    2. Returning Tests
    3. Response Cards
    4. The Post-Test Questionnaire
    5. A Testing Suggestion
    6. The Official Cheat Sheet
    7. Sample Tests
    8. Instant Course Grades
    9. The Grade Record Sheet
    10. Recognizing Student Answers
    11. Remarks Sheet
    1. The Open Door
    2. The End of Term Conferences/Grade Sheets
    3. Credit for Conferencing
    4. Check-up Notes
    1. Glads and Wishes
    2. Class Assessment
    3. The Midterm Evaluation
    4. Advice to A Friend
    5. Write a Letter







"This must-have teachers' tool has enabled my students to reach new, more innovative levels of learning and discovery. Through the use of these tips, challenging concepts have become creative and collaborative activities which accommodate the variety of learning styles students bring to the classroom. The tips are exceptionally easy to incorporate into classroom lessons and guaranteed to facilitate student success."


-- Kari Lyons, Research Librarian, Eastern Kentucky University




About the Author:

Hal Blythe, Ph.D., is a Foundation Professor of English at the Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY. He has authored three non-fiction books dealing with writing and over 100 critical scholarly articles. He has ghost-written over 30 Mike Shayne novellas and over 100 short stories in popular magazines to include Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Woman's World. He also has produced seven television scripts for EKU-TV's Keys to Communication Series, and over 25 articles in Writer's Digest dealing with pedagogy.

Charlie Sweet, Ph.D., is a Foundation Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University. He formerly taught at Florida State University.


Details: 1998 [ISBN: 0-913507-95-4; 168 pages soft cover; 7 1/2-by-9 3/4-inch]