Elements of College
David K. Irving
After many years in the
classroom, in conjunction with many years of mentoring other teachers,
David Irving has set out to create a succinct and highly accessible
volume of techniques and strategies for beginning educators.
Most educators come to
teaching with vast subject matter expertise, but limited classroom
experience. This text is for them. It offers pragmatic guidelines and
suggestions in easily managed bits. For those interested in going
deeper, there are suggestions for further study.
Drawing upon his own
experience in film and the transition he made to the classroom, David is
able to highlight some techniques that serve both professions and translate them here for teachers. The issues that he faced in
moving to the classroom are the issues that all new educators encounter.
Further, drawing upon
his experiences as a department chair, David sees the important role
that a chair has in fostering the growth of the new educators. He
suggests that chairs can do much to assist.
However, the most
universally helpful part of the text is in the clear, unambiguous
techniques and strategies for the classroom and career success. He
Instructors need training to teach college
courses. Equally important, they should be informed about the workings
of the academic department in which they will teach.
This volume is ideal
for new instructors and for professional development for departments.