Teaching with Passion and Effectiveness

Authored by: Devadrita Talapatra , Leandra Parris , Andrew T. Roach

Handbook of University and Professional Careers in School Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367353674
eBook ISBN: 9780429330964
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This chapter addresses instructional effectiveness at the graduate and undergraduate education levels. Teaching is a direct way to share our enthusiasm about the field and ensure the next generation of school psychologists. However, despite being a critical skill necessary for academic appointments and the continuation of our field, few school psychologists receive specific training prior to starting a faculty position in the area of teaching. This chapter posits that teaching is as valuable to academia as research and service and should be done with both passion and effectiveness. The act of teaching is broken down into why we teach, how to teach, and what to teach when educating future practitioners and scholars. The importance of instructional excellence is discussed, as are models, philosophies, and assessments of teaching. Considerations for content and curriculum development are also offered. Across each question, personal and professional suggestions are included, from coping with negative student evaluations to developing a program identity for coursework planning. To help guide readers as they choose and evaluate the teaching techniques that are the most effective in their educational setting, the logistics of teaching are deconstructed as actionable steps, real-world examples, and resource toolkits.

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