Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2010 Volume 10

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2010

Volume 10

A collection of monthly essays
originally published on the
PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List


Edited by

Suzanne C. Baker
James Madison University

Jeffrey D. Holmes
Ithaca College

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2011

ISBN: 978-1-941804-17-9

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Table of Contents

Chapter Page
Title Page and Front Matter 1
1. Reflections on a Lifetime of Teaching and Learning
Richard L. Miller, University of Nebraska at Kearney
2. Incivility, Inattention, and Multitasking! Oh My! Creating Effective Learning Environments for Millennial Learners
Christy Price, Dalton State College
3. A Blueprint for the Future: From Puget Sound to Your Campus
Karen Brakke (Spelman College) and Barney Beins (Ithaca College)
4. Technology for Educators
Sue Frantz, Highline Community College
5. Internationalizing Your Psychology Course
Richard S. Velayo, Pace University
6. Advising Dilemmas: Difficult Messages and Strategies for Delivering Them
Daniel T. Rogers (Kennesaw State University) and Monica J. Reis-Bergan (James Madison University)
7. The Vacuity of Positive Thinking: A Century of Pop Psychology
Luis A. Cordón, Eastern Connecticut State University
8. To Customize or Not to Customize? Benefits and Disadvantages
Teresa L. Davis and Mary Ellen Fromuth, Middle Tennessee State University
9. On Blogging about Teaching Psychology
Dana S. Dunn, Moravian College
About the authors 48
About the editors 51


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