Teaching What You Don't Know
- Narrated by: Rebecca Van Volkinburg
- Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-07-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Everyone in academia knows it and no one likes to admit it: faculty often have to teach courses in areas they don't know very well. The challenges are even greater when students don't share your cultural background, lifestyle, or assumptions about how to behave in a classroom.
In this practical and funny book, an experienced teaching consultant offers many creative strategies for dealing with typical problems. How can you prepare most efficiently for a new course in a new area? How do you look credible? And what do you do when you don't have a clue how to answer a question?
Encouraging faculty to think of themselves as learners rather than as experts, Therese Huston points out that authority in the classroom doesn't come only, or even mostly, from perfect knowledge. She offers tips for introducing new topics in a lively style, for gauging students' understanding, for reaching unresponsive students, for maintaining discussions when they seem to stop dead, and - yes - for dealing with those impossible questions.
Original, useful, and hopeful, this book reminds you that teaching what you don't know, to students whom you may not understand, is not just a job. It's an adventure.
The book is published by Harvard University Press.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By K on 18-03-14
Story - great. Narrator - meh
Would you consider the audio edition of Teaching What You Don't Know to be better than the print version?
I think this book would be better in print. A number of helpful tips and classroom exercises are given that I'd like to access repeatedly. Not as easy when an audible book.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Teaching What You Don't Know?
The sense that I'm not alone in experiencing feelings of fraudulency and inadequacy as a tertiary educator who is assigned classes outside my area of expertise.
How could the performance have been better?
Yes. I found the book to be witty and edgy. The narrator was almost robotic and the author's wonderful writing style was not communicated as effectively as it could have been.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommended for any tertiary educator!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Teacher on 23-03-17
Very useful book for university teachers
A lotvof useful examples and advice on improving your teaching, not only limited on teaching outside your competence. The introduction is a bit too long,must survive it,gets interesting when the practical part starts.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful