How we can help our students with textbooks.
Our students are not known for being the best textbook readers.
THE NATURE OF TEXTBOOKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY.
- Textbooks are sometimes prohibitively expensive.
- Students can’t afford the required books.
- Student: “I can get another version of the textbook cheeper!”
- Student: “My textbook didn’t arrive yet!”
- Meaning: “It is their fault.”
HOW WE CAN HELP OUR STUDENTS UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THE TEXT BOOKS AND READING THEM ARE FOR THEIR SUCCESS.
- Tell your students how important and critical it is that they get the textbook immediately.
- Professor: “How many of you are interested in getting an “A” in the class? Please raise your hand.”
- Lots of hands go up!
- Professor: “Great! You need to buy the book, today.” I am not guaranteeing you an “A,” but I am saying that won’t get an “A” unless you buy the book.”
- We can order an instructor copy and put it on reserve in the library.
- We can gently suggest to our students that they share a textbook.
- Given the right situation and maturity level, sharing a textbook can work.
- Make sure your assignments are actually using the readings in the textbooks.
- Student: “They made me buy the textbook for $300. and we didn’t even use it!”
- In week two or three say: “How many of you have the book?”
Next week: Introduction to the series: The Causes of Burnout for Educators.
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