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You have finished your Ph.D. and landed your first academic job. Scanning the fine print, you realize the introductory class you have been assigned to teach is being held in an auditorium. A really big auditorium. Panic begins to set in…. In this handy and practical book, Elisa Carbone offers a wealth of sound advice on how to deal with a large class, from the first day to end-of-semester evaluations. Full of examples taken from many different disciplines, Teaching Large Classes will be an ideal companion for any teacher facing the challenge of the large introductory class.

Personalizing the Large Class
Personalizing the large class

He's gone from sharing a bedroom with his kid brother to bunking in with a stranger from New Jersey. She's gone from fighting over the shower with her two sisters to sharing a bathroom with the whole east wing of the girls' dorm. They used to be known by their first names, now they're identified by social security numbers. And after 12 years of classes with 30 or so students, they find themselves in a lecture hall with 300 other freshmen.

One of the biggest problems with large classes, students report, is that the impersonal atmosphere makes them feel anonymous, lost, and out of place, and these feelings lead to decreased motivation (Ward & Jenkins, 1992; Wulff, Nyquist, & ...

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