Sunday, November 28, 2010

Who Are You People?

A Personal Journey into the Heart of Fanatical Passion in America

By Shari Caudron

A story about a person who has no life-long fanatical passion, but is passionate about learning about passion and what makes people passionate. So she goes cross-country to meet with people who are passionate about Barbie, Lego, board-games, ice-fishing, Josh Groban, furries, pigeon racing, etc., till she finds something about herself.

Didn't care too much for the first few chapters - the writing kind of annoyed me at first, but as I kept going, the book and the writing grew on me. It was pretty interesting. [285 pp.]

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

What the Best College Teachers Do

By Ken Bain

I will start teaching my first college course in a couple of month, and besides preparing the lectures, observing lectures, and participating in a discussion group about teaching, I thought I should read this book to see what makes the best college teachers so good. It was very helpful in setting me in the right state of mind of teaching - getting me to think about things I can do to make learning more effective for the students and so on - but not very helpful in giving practical examples. But I guess that was the point of the book - the best college teachers think about these things themselves... [207 pp.]

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