in Pedagogy

Things students say

“I don’t get textbooks. In every class textbooks confuse me.”

Not my student. But I’ve learned over the years that it’s worth taking time to walk students through the textbook (and other materials) as early as possible. No matter how obvious it seems. It used to surprise me when students didn’t know about the sections of a book (e.g., table of contents, appendices, indices, etc.) and how to use them. But every year when it’s time to distribute textbooks I patiently take them through it and have them practice finding things.