Monday, April 13, 2020

Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty

I'm happy to announce the availability of a new professional development book, which is the first in a series called—you guessed it—Lion Tamers Guide to Teaching. This new book is called Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty and is available in most channels for download at no cost.

As teaching faculty across the globe scramble to move their on-campus courses to a remote-learning format, as a veteran teaching mentor, I'm using the new book to provide a quick and dirty survival guide to get things started—and keep things going. Having had the experience of moving from on-campus to online teaching, I leverage my failures and triumphs into a quick guide to what's important and what's not as you make your transition in this crazy time of pandemic teaching. 

The first section of the book provides a list of quick tips, strategies, and helpful mindsets—all based on my real-life practical experience based on evidence-based strategies. The second part of the book expands on some of those quick tips to give further advice for implementing them.

Written in an informal, conversational style, this book gives useful advice and empathetic support as you survive your own experience of pandemic teaching.

Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty is an eBook and downloadable from several channels, with more being added as the book roll-out continues. It's a short, approximately 2-hour read—so not a burden to get through during this hectic time for all of us. It's not discipline-specific, either, so please share it with your colleagues and with your institutions' teaching support center. Although written for "college faculty" it is just as useful for K-12 teachers, I think.

In the book, I describe Lion Tamers Guide to Teaching as a collection of resources for teachers to improve teaching effectiveness as well as rapport with students. As I've said for years, “all I really need to know about teaching I learned as a lion tamer,” because my early experience as a wild animal trainer and apprentice lion tamer taught me not only the core principles of learning science—it taught me how to gain the trust of students and form the kind of empathetic and compassionate bond that promotes learning.

The more of us who can share it using the link the more faculty will have access to the help it provides. I'm asking you each to please share the link with FIVE colleagues! 

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