How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett and Marie K. Norman 

 How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (0470484101) cover imageToo often when searching for texts that support good teaching there are two distinct groups:  those books that present research on learning and those that focus on practical classroom strategies.  How Learning Works closes the divide.  On the one hand, it provides research from a variety of different perspectives and includes research from cognitive, developmental and social psychology as well as from educational research, anthropology, demographics and organizational behavior.  But on the other hand, this research underpins a set of principles that support good teaching.   Read more.

Faculty Highlight

This academic year’s recipient of the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award is Bela Bajnok, who holds the endowed position of Alumni Chair Professor in Mathematics.  Before joining Gettysburg College in 1993, Professor Bajnok had a wide range of experience, teaching at an Ivy League institution, a large state university, a prestigious European university, highly selective residential colleges as well as at an inner city university with an open enrollment policy.  His favorite courses to teach here at Gettysburg College are the Abstract Mathematics I and II sequence and the Mathematics Department’s three research classes for which he provides his own materials.  As for Professor Bajnok’s research interests, they are numerous, and he has published widely in such periodicals as The Journal of Combinatorial Theory, The Journal of Approximation Theory, Advances in Geometry, and The International Journal of Number Theory. Read more.

Workshop Follow-Up

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Teaching Tip

Because it never loses its power, here is the same tip that I give at the beginning of every academic year:  Don't forget to smile when you walk into class for the first time.  It sets the tone for the semester—for your students as well as for you.  Most important, a supportive environment is essential to your students' motivation.

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Upcoming Events

Fall 2014 Event Schedule

Friday, September 5
"So How Was Your First Week?"
"In The Classroom" Discussion

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Breidenbaugh 112

Wednesday, September 10
Adjunct Orientation: Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Breidenbaugh 112

Thursday, September 11
R-E-S-P-E-C-T!: How Gender, Race, Ethnicity, And Age Affect The Classroom Dynamic
"In The Classroom" Discussion
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Breidenbaugh 112