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ISBN-13: 978-0787965679 ISBN-10: 0787965677 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2nd edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787965677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787965679
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her advice is well grounded in research and consistently reflects best practices. Whereas some books in this area reflect the author's experiences or received wisdom, Davis draws on recent scholarship of teaching and learning to support her assertions.

There are many strengths to this book. First, it is helpfully organized as a reference guide. Readers can consult chapters as needed and do not have to read it from cover to cover. It is easy to find targeted suggestions to enhance performance or remedy a problem in a specific area. Moreover, Davis writes concisely and in very practical terms. Second, Tools for Teaching is applicable to a wide range of audiences across disciplines and experience levels.

In sum, this updated edition of Tools for Teaching is a thorough compendium of effective teaching practices. If I were to select only one book to give to a colleague or graduate student to help him or her teach, it would be this text."

--American Psychological Association PsycCritiques Vol 54, Release 43, Article 9 (October 28, 2009)

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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Barbara Gross Davis's classic book Tools for Teaching presents the very latest in ideas and strategies for college teaching: hundreds of tools, tips, and methods, all grounded in research and best practices of faculty. Topics from the bestselling first edition have been extensively updated, and new sections have been added to reflect recent developments in classroom and online technology.

Praise for the Second Edition of Tools for Teaching

"Teachers, from novices to veterans, will find Davis's new work the indispensable toolbox for constructing, remodeling, or fixing almost anything related to teaching. Chock-full of practical description and complete with citations for finding further information, this is the book that every serious teacher will turn to again and again."
—K. Patricia Cross, David Gardner Professor of Higher Education, emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and coauthor, Classroom Assessment Techniques and Collaborative Learning Techniques

"Teaching is in part an art, but even great artists need good tools. The second edition of Tools for Teaching is even better than the first. It builds on the strengths of the earlier edition and covers many new topics that teachers in the age of PowerPoint, laptops, and Web 2.0 need to master. Every teacher deserves a resource like Tools for Teaching; institutions that care about teaching and learning should make sure each one of them gets a copy."
—Peter Landsberger, former chancellor, Los Angeles Community Colleges

"Using the latest research on teaching and learning as a foundation, this book summarizes the wisdom of teaching effectiveness. I will have this book on my desk, not my shelf, when I teach."
—Larry Braskamp, distinguished alumni professor, Central College, and coauthor, Putting Students First


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This book was assigned in a teaching seminar in graduate school.
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Preparing, syllabuses, classroom instruction, dealing with GSIs, and much more are discussed, as well as using newer technology, including RSS and instant messaging.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark Carlson on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book by Davis is more of an encyclopedia. It is a reference manual for teachers, and includes an exhaustive list of anything you ever wanted to know about teaching a class. However, the coverage of each topic is extremely brief, and typically limited to a small paragraph of 3-4 sentences. It is a very good guide, but outside reading would be required to fully answer questions many new teachers may have.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Simon on March 5, 2009
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This book clearly shows how to successfully teach a university course. Teachers with no experience can use it to keep their heads above water, while those with experience can learn a trick or three and sharpen their skills or dig themselves out of a teaching rut.

Preparing, syllabuses, classroom instruction, dealing with GSIs, and much more are discussed, as well as using newer technology, including RSS and instant messaging. The book is based off of research and has a thorough bibliography for digging deeper.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KapenaKeoni on March 28, 2011
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This is the second copy of this book. I had the first addition and basically wore it out by referencing and loaning it our to other staff instructors.

What I like about the newest edition is the inclusion of modern day technologies for the teacher - web pages, email, and social sites.

KapenaKeoni
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By the young prof. on December 14, 2012
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This book was assigned in a teaching seminar in graduate school. I now have a faculty position at a state university and still use this book regularly. I find this book an encyclopedia of tips and tricks for every potential problem over the semester. So many of the teaching books are philosophical in nature and do not give practical advice, or are written for people who have never taught before and based on teaching in the discipline of Education. This is not one of those books, it is applicable across disciplines.

This book is set out in bullet points so you can quickly find the information needed without reading lots of unnecessary prose about teaching. It also has information to address many of the problems that said method will create so you can think through whatever method you chose thoroughly before introducing it to the students. I highly recommend browsing through this book before designing the syllabus, as lots of strategies can be employed from the start of the semester. It has several tricks for group activities, for grading, for working with TAs, for dealing with student problems and for wrapping up the semester. This is the best guide I've seen for somebody who has already taught a course or two, but occasionally needs some quick and relevant advice to stay fresh and create fun activities.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S. Snyder on October 17, 2009
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Basic but thorough instruction for the new teacher. It is my Bible because it contains helpful information regarding most aspects of a teaching position.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MamaCito on September 6, 2012
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I enrolled in a Community College Teaching Certificate program. This book was a requirement for one of the classes. It's great. Every chapter was useful and had great tips for teaching a class. Book includes tips on this like how to prepare/use PowerPoint presentations for class lectures, different types of test questions, tips for grading, etc. Definitely will be my "teaching bible".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coffee lover on July 9, 2014
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Excellent read for every teaching professional in higher education. Great resource , gives specific research and theories in learning. Extremely Helpful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ObscureAllure on October 25, 2013
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More reference than open literature, but an excellent guide. It has either the answer or a suggestion for literally every question I could think of.
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