April 29, 2006

Teaching freshmen students

I've learned a lot from this book: Thinking About Teaching and Learning: Developing Habits of Learning With First Year College and University Students. The author suggests there's a culture gap between college professors and freshmen students; a culture gap that can be bridged if teachers first obtain a clearer understanding of where students are at, and then work to devise activities that will help them get from where they are (mentally speaking) to where they can better deal with the expectations of college educators.

Another book that looks like fun is Generation X Goes to College, by Peter Sacks. A short review and links are here.

3 comments:

EFL Geek said...

Those books sound interesting. When I have a little more time I'll look into them.

Mansoor Qaisar said...

nice blog & nice posting as well

daniel said...

could you give us a little more about what the nature of that culture gap is?

do you think that it applies to your japanese students or is it something that applies primarily or only to US students?