Teaching Resources

Books about college teaching:

  • Teaching college [amazon]
  • What best college teachers do [amazon]

Article on syllabus writing:

  • Best practices in Syllabus writing: Contents of a Learner-Centered Syllabus [link]

On Designing slides and your syllabus:

  • The non-designer's design book [amazon]

Online sources:

  • Why you will fail to have a great career | Larry Smith | TedxUW [link]
  • What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger [link]
    • Notes: Two powerful teaching styles of Larry Smith and Robert Waldinger.

100+ Books to Read

(updated on April 20, 2020)
Teng on January 2, 2020
I was searching for motivation/inspiration of my reading in 2020. The following quote fits my need perfectly.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” --- George R. R. Martin. A Dance with Dragons
  1. [x]格差社会, (日)橘木俊诏,2019 [Jan 2-3, 2020]
  2. [x]薛兆丰经济学讲义, 薛兆丰, 2018 [Jan 4-8, 2020]
  3. [x]不三, 冯唐 [Mar 16, 2020]
  4. [x]云雀叫了一整天,木心 [Mar 23, 2020]
  5. [x]方方日记,汪芳 [April 20, 2020]

Teng on July 7, 2019

I recently learned that other PhD students experienced mid-PhD crisis as well [link]. To cope with it, some recommend to start small projects to nurture a sense of accomplishment and to see things get finished. Those small projects could be baking a cake and taking a painting class [link]. I started something similar in the end of 2017 when I was in the first semester of my third year. Other than the joy from reading and learning, compiling a list relieves some level of anxiety too.

2019: [13 books]
  1. [x]a phd is not enough
  2. [x]Siddhartha
  3. [x]Teaching College
  4. [x]成事 - 冯唐
  5. [x]the non-designer’s design book, fourth edition
  6. [x]中国人在硅谷——netscreen的故事
  7. [x]不二 - 冯唐
  8. [x]三十六大 - 冯唐
  9. [x]the professor is in 
  10. [x]The book of why by Judea Pearl
  11. [x]101 Job Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again, James Reed
  12. [x]Letters to a Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson
  13. [x]how to answer interview questions - Peggy McKee
2018: [20 books]
  1. [x]dare to lead
  2. [x]the subtle art of not giving a fuck
  3. [x]portraits of courage - George W Bush
  4. [x]Almost Interesting - David Spade
  5. [x]girl, wash your face
  6. [x]不再神圣的经济学
  7. [x]David Spade: a Polaroid guy in a snapchat world
  8. [x]book yourself solid
  9. [x]指数基金投资指南
  10. [x]how to win friends and influence people
  11. [x]番茄工作法图解
  12. [x]Nudge
  13. [x]the influential minds
  14. [x]the power of habit
  15. [x]a higher loyalty
  16. [x]the 5 second rule
  17. [x]Tig Notaro: I’m just a person
  18. [x]Lean in for Graduates: Sheryl Sandberg
  19. [x]thank you for being late
  20. [x]I can’t make this up - life lessons
2017: [3 books]
  1. [x]everybody lies
  2. [x]how to start a conversation and make friends
  3. [x]Breaking Free