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The Chicago handbook for teachers : a practical guide to the college classroom
Brinkley, Alan.
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
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x, 185 pages ; 21 cm
Getting ready -- The first weeks -- Classroom discussions -- The art and craft of lecturing -- Student writing and research -- Testing and evaluation -- Evaluating your teaching -- Teaching as a graduate student -- Teaching inclusively in a multicultural age -- Using electronic resources for teaching -- Afterword: why do we teach?
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Unlike their counterparts on the high school or elementary school level, those who teach college students have extensive training in their various disciplines, but surprisingly little instruction in the craft of teaching itself.

The Chicago Handbook for Teachers is an extraordinarily helpful guide for all those who face the challenge of putting together material for a course and then making it work. Representing teachers at all stages of their careers, the authors, including distinguished historian Alan Brinkley, offer practical advice for almost any situation a new teacher might face, from preparing a syllabus to managing classroom dynamics. Beginning with a nuts and bolts plan for designing a course, the handbook also explains how to lead a discussion, evaluate your own teaching, deliver an effective lecture, supervise students' writing and research, create and grade exams, and more. Other sections address the less straightforward aspects of teaching, such as dealing with "diversity issues" and knowing where to draw the line in relationships with students. Particularly timely is an up-to-date discussion of when and how best to incorporate the Internet and other electronic resources into your teaching.

Indispensable for graduate students and new teachers, The Chicago Handbook for Teachers is also a useful refresher for the experienced professionals.

Author Notes

Alan Brinkley was born in 1949. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and taught at MIT and Harvard as well as City University of New York and Princeton University before joining the Columbia faculty in 1991. He is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, where he was also Provost from 2003 - 2009. He is a historian of the New Deal. A prolific essayist, Brinkley writes regularly in magazines such as The New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and The New Republic and is an advocate for progressive issues. Brinkley has won a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Book Award for History, and numerous other prizes and fellowships, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as a board member or trustee of several academic and policy research institutions and chairs the board of The Century Foundation.

His works include Liberalism and Its Discontents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

All teachers must start somewhere, but teaching that first class can be tough. While college instructors are usually trained extensively in their specific disciplines, they are seldom trained in how to deal with the actual classroom. The authors try to remedy that situation with this manual. Although meant primarily for beginning teachers, this work is so packed with useful information that experienced teachers could also benefit from reading it. Included are the basics, such as how to plan courses and implement lessons, as well as little-known tips, e.g., use commercial photocopier companies to obtain any permissions a teacher might need. Preparing a syllabus, leading classroom discussions, lecturing, avoiding cheatingÄit's all here! The authors caution readers on two points: 1) It would be difficult for any teacher to use all of the suggestions provided in this book, and 2) because all of the authors are historians, the "common experience in a single discipline" has undoubtedly shaped what's presented. While this book is economical enough for teachers to purchase on their own, it's also a good buy for most public and academic libraries.ÄTerry A. Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Getting Readyp. 1
2 The First Weeksp. 17
3 Classroom Discussionsp. 33
4 The Art and Craft of Lecturingp. 51
5 Student Writing and Researchp. 65
6 Testing and Evaluationp. 85
7 Evaluating Your Teachingp. 101
8 Teaching as a Graduate Studentp. 117
9 Teaching Inclusively in a Multicultural Agep. 133
10 Using Electronic Resources for Teachingp. 143
Afterword: Why Do We Teach?p. 169
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 171
About the Authorsp. 177
Indexp. 179