I love teaching. It forces me to reach deep down inside me, even when I'm feeling crappy, and unleash the creativity, compassion, enthusiasm and humour that I feel are important qualities to bring to the classroom.
I get my inspiration and ideas from a number of sources. I collect (and read) books and articles on teaching, higher education, the information environment itself, and becoming a better teacher. On my bookshelves you'll find all of the titles from Library Instruction Publications, as well as:
- Thomas Angelo and Patricia Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques: A handbook for college teachers (Jossey-Bass, 1993)
- Bruce Ballenger, The Curious Researcher: A guide to writing research papers (Allyn and Bacon, 2001)
- John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid, The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business School Press, 2000)
- Barbara Gross Davis, Tools for Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 1993)
- Richard J. Light, Making the Most of College: Students speak their mind (Harvard University Press, 2001)
- Wilbert J. McKeachie, Teaching Tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
- Parker Palmer, Courage to Teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life (Jossey-Bass, 1998)
- Theodore Roszak, The Cult of Information (University of California Press, 1994)
- Edward J. Tufte, Envisioning Information (Graphics Press, 1990)
- Margit Watts, College: We Make the Road by Walking (Prentice Hall, 2006)
- Richard Saul Wurman, Information Anxiety: What to do when information doesn't tell you what you need to know (Bantam, 1989)
I've also gained many insights and creative solutions from attending conferences and workshops on teaching, from hearing others talk about teaching and, most importantly, from conversations with other teachers about teaching and learning.