3 books I gotta return to Fenwick today

October 8, 2010

Okay, so I got the overdue notice from the library in my email yesterday.

The first of the three over due books has been actively “with me” since May. It’s been to Delaware, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South & North Carolina, and, of course, good old Virginee. I love this book, but obligations kept me from finishing the last chapter until this morning.  I am ordering a personal copy for my myself this morning and am contemplating ordering a copy for Dr. Merten himself — maybe I’ll just send him the call number and tell him he can find it in Fenwick tomorrow 😉

  • It’s called My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student
    • written by “Rebekah Nathan” — a pen name for an anthropology professor who did a year long field study @ her own university, living in the dorms as a freshman. Fascinating read.
      • Cornell UP, 2005
      • ISDN-10: 0-8014-4379-0 ; ISBN-13: 978-0-8014-4397
      • Call#: LB3605.N34 2005

The second book is another good read — about constructive education & language learning, with a focus on English. Chapter 3 gives a great overview of constructivism in education — I’m scanning this in for distribution to non-believers.

  • Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
    • Sharon Adelman Reyes & Trina Lynn Vallone
    • Corwin Press, 2008
    • ISBN 978-1-4129-3686-6 (cloth): ISBN 978-1-4129-3687-3 (pbk.)
    • Call#: PE1128.A2R4725 2008
    • Here’s a few good ideas/quotes:
      • 3 things come together to facilitate learning: context-embedded demonstrations, appropriate linguistic support, a stress-free learning environment
        • page 8, learning to tie a shoe example
      • “The bilingual … does not develop two separate cultural identities; rather, the cultures represented merge into one unique identity” (page 10)
      • constructivist principles validate prior knowledge as a learning tool (page 12)

And the third … never read it, but still want to – I’ll try to renew it 🙂

  • Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity: Strategies for Change
    • Ann Lathrop & Kathleen Foss
    • Libraries Unlimited, 2005
    • ISBN 1-59158-275-X
    • Call#: LB3609.L27 2005

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