Teachin’ It! Breakout Moves that Break Down Barriers for Community College Students, by Felicia Darling, PhD, is a practical guide to research and strategies to foster the success of students at community college or other open-access colleges. While Teachin’ It! offers best practices for all students, it is especially relevant for students underrepresented among those with four-year degrees–including first-generation college students, students of color, immigrant students, formerly-incarcerated students, bilingual students, LGBTQ+ students, low SES students, and students with disabilities.
Instructors will explore ed psych theory and neuroscience research that illuminate why their own classroom approaches are so powerful. They will read stories of college instructors and students that bring research and strategies to life. They will walk away with 50+ instructional moves that they can try the very next day. Teachin’ It! will encourage instructors to nurture their own equity mindset and inspire them to experiment with new moves that break down barriers and improve access for all students.
Teachin’ It! helps instructors draw from the deep wells of cultural knowledge that students bring to the classroom to address gaps in knowledge. It promotes instruction that fosters engaging, inquiry-based, collaborative learning environments in which community college students from all backgrounds feel safe to take risks, make mistakes, share their unique approaches to learning, and develop identities as powerful life-long learners and professionals. Contributing authors are: Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, Dr. Michael Washington, and Dr. Luz Garcia.
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