Textbook author meets with class via video chat

AUGUSTA, GA. – From the projection screen on the wall, Dr. Brian D. Schultz loomed large over the students in Dr. Drew Kemp’s Impacting Instruction class.

“I’m not saying these solutions will work for all of you, but they are examples of ways I tried to help my students,” he said from the projection screen in University Hall 227.

The graduate students logged into a WebX video call and peppered the professor at Northeastern Illinois University with questions about his research, his work and his experiences teaching in inner-city Chicago schools.

“Should teachers have an agenda?”

“If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?”

“Do you think at the end of your first year teaching, you were an insider or still an outsider?”

Schultz’ book, “Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom,” is part of the course curriculum and is required reading for education students. And Kemp feels it’s important for students to talk to textbook authors.

“Texts are static.  Talking to the author allows students to gain insight and understand nuance.  For this particular course, EDTD 7364 Impacting Instruction, the author is willing to do this conference call every semester,” Kemp said.

Students report that talking to Schultz removes the theoretical aspect from the course. The ideas become real and permanent.

“I think the most important thing that he says is that teachers can make a difference.  Teachers need to be willing to challenge the status quo and create learning environments that benefit students,” Kemp said.

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