Testimonials

My math Ph.D. didn’t prepare me for teaching undergraduates. Dan Spalding’s book was my best source of advice – from reminding me to scope out parking before the first day of class to pointing out the difference between stretching students beyond their comfort zones and pushing them into a useless panic. I recommend How to Teach Adults as a primer for those who haven’t started teaching and a reference for those who have.

-Lee Worden, visiting faculty, San Francisco Art Institute

“The reality is that if you’re doing almost anything worth doing it’s probably going to involve teaching adults. The good news is you don’t need to get a degree in teaching to figure out how to do it well. All you have to do is study Dan Spalding’s How to Teach Adults. Spalding has done the hard work of distilling the literature and most importantly harvesting the pearls of wisdom from his own extensive teaching experiences to make a one-of-kind resource. Whether you teach in the classroom, facilitate workshops, or are just trying to get in touch with your own inner educator this gem of a book has something for you. A must-read for everyone who cares about learning, change and their fellow human beings.

-Patrick Reinsborough, co-founder, smartMeme/Center for Story-based Strategy

“Dan Spalding’s How To Teach Adults is an indispensable resource for both new and veteran adult education teachers. He seamlessly connects issues of social justice in the classroom with the nuts and bolts of being a competent educator. His clarity and insight sets the highest standard for educators and students alike.

-James Tracy, author and lead instructor, “We Are All Organizers”

“I was impressed to see how well done it is: highly readable, to the point, and full of common-sense advice that is not as common as it ought to be.”

-Martin Steinman, ESL coordinator, Canal Alliance

“Even after teaching for most of my adult life, I found plenty of great help in How to Teach Adults that I readily incorporated into my workshops. And the last chapter is a fantastic rant on the problems with our education system, and how to more forward into the future. A very inspiring book!

-Mitch Altman, co-founder, Noisebridge

“I have to tell you, I am currently finishing up a master’s level adult ed certification and I have read tons of theory and abstractness that really didn’t ‘say’ much to me. Your book is full of real stuff!

– Sherrie H.

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