Publication Date: June 28, 2019
"How can I tailor instruction to redress the wide variety of gaps in student content knowledge and college skills while simultaneously holding all students to high academic standards?"
"How can I create inclusive classrooms where the diverse perspectives and approaches of all students—especially those from backgrounds different than my own—are illuminated and valued?"
Teachin’ It! is a hands-on guide to cutting-edge research and classroom strategies that redress the graduation gap in community and open-access colleges. Drawing from the author’s 30 years in the education field as a math and college skills instructor, teacher educator, and researcher, this book describes an asset-based model that bolsters the success of all students, especially those underrepresented with four-year degrees. These include students of color, first-generation-college students, LBGTQ+ students, and students with disabilities. Readers will discover new strategies to create equitable, engaging, interactive classroom environments where students from all backgrounds are motivated to take risks, make mistakes, share their unique approaches and perspectives, and develop their own identities as powerful life-long learners. Topics include inquiry-based learning, implicit bias, growth mindset, stereotype threat, scaffolding, college and career skills, and community of learners.
Felicia Darling is an instructor in the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr. Darling is also a researcher and scholar around issues of equity and education.
"Felicia Darling’s Teachin’ It! is a wonderful guide for community college instructors seeking to reexamine their teaching approaches. Darling is a passionate and well-respected instructor. Teachin’ It! is a must-read for faculty who strive to become better teachers!"
―Frank Chong, President/Superintendent at Santa Rosa Junior College and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education
“Darling's new book is a bold and challenging vision for educators at all levels. While there are no easy answers, this book offers much to think about to those serious about providing our highly diverse student populations with equitable opportunities to succeed and prosper."
―Claude Goldenberg, professor emeritus, Stanford University
“Teachin’ It! is an invaluable guide for college instructors who want to attain higher levels of student engagement and achievement. It is a must-read for all educators interested in assisting historically underrepresented populations to reach the finish line.”
― Elaine C. Collins, president, Northern Vermont University