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Reader Q&A Klose teaches biology at a small college in Maine. This book contains some random musings on life, students, science. I enjoy his sense of humor.

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Reader Q&A Klose teaches biology at a small college in Maine.

Published by: University Press of New England. The Three-Legged Woman and the Imp of the Paranormal. Chronicling his experiences teaching these diverse students, Klose describes with equal doses of care and wry wit those who are profoundly unfit for college, their often inadequate command of the lingua franca, and the alacrity with which they seize upon the paranormal (the three-legged woman) while expressing skepticism about mainstream science.

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ROBERT KLOSE teaches biology at University College of Bangor, Maine. He is the author of Adopting Alyosha: A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia and Small Worlds: Adopted Sons, Pet Piranhas, and Other Mortal Concerns. Библиографические данные. The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching EBSCO ebook academic collection.

Since 1986, Robert Klose has taught biology at a "small, impoverished, careworn" college in central Maine.

Robert Klose lives in Maine The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching Oct 12, 2010.

Robert Klose lives in Maine. He has two adopted sons from Russia and Ukraine and is a professor of biology at the University of Maine at Augusta. He is a long-time contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor  . The Three-Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching Oct 12, 2010.

The personal reflections and insights of one professor and writer on the experience of teaching at the "poorest college in America". Saved in: Bibliographic Details. Main Author: Klose, Robert.

The Three-Legged Woman & Other Excursions in Teaching - his latest book – has intensified my admiration. Humor, compassion, and a deep understanding of human nature have all come together to make this biology teacher in Maine a brilliant writer. Treat yourself to a good read and get multiple copies to put on your shelf for gifts.

Atoms, genetics, plate tectonics, evolution (especially evolution!)-all have fallen victim to their terrible swift sword not of doubt, but of outright disbelief

Atoms, genetics, plate tectonics, evolution (especially evolution!)-all have fallen victim to their terrible swift sword not of doubt, but of outright disbelief. They are not usually hostile to the information; they simply convey the impression that I must be, somehow, mistaken.

Since 1986, Robert Klose has taught biology at a "small, impoverished, careworn" college in central Maine. Located on a former military base, the school became first the South Campus of the University of Maine, or SCUM, and later, Penobscot Valley Community College, then Bangor Community College, and most recently University College of Bangor. Despite its improved nomenclature, University College of Bangor remains an open-admissions environment at which "one never knows what's going to come in over the transom." Klose's nontraditional students have included, in addition to single parents and veterans, the homeless, the abused, ex-cons, and even a murderer (who was otherwise "a very nice person").Chronicling his experiences teaching these diverse students, Klose describes with equal doses of care and wry wit those who are profoundly unfit for college, their often inadequate command of the lingua franca, and the alacrity with which they seize upon the paranormal (the three-legged woman) while expressing skepticism about mainstream science. He reflects on the decline of reading for enjoyment and the folly of regarding email as a praiseworthy substitute for expository writing. He details what works in the classroom, identifies what has failed, and relates stories of the absurd, the sublime, and the unanticipated, such as one student's outburst following a discussion of evolution: "For what you have taught today you shall be damned to everlasting fires of hell!"Tempering thoughtfulness with a light touch and plenty of humor, these essays prove that teaching, an "imperfect occupation," remains a "special profession."

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ISBN13: 978-1584659273

ISBN: 1584659270

Author: Robert Klose

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Essays & Correspondence

Language: English

Publisher: UPNE (October 12, 2010)

Pages: 228 pages

ePUB size: 1325 kb

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Rating: 4.6

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Malarad
If it's even possible, Robert Klose's latest book "The Three-Legged Woman" is more entertaining and insightful than his previous books. It's filled with the wisdom of someone who has had many years' experience dealing with young adults, but told with a great deal of humor. He even flashes back to his own school years, to which many of us 50-somethings can relate. Each chapter of this book is filled with wonderful stories about interesting, and often problematic students and how, as a college professor, Klose's challenge is to try to reach each of them. The book also contains brilliant explanations of scientific material (written with such passion!) advice on study tactics and innovative ways to reach seemingly "lost" students. I learned so much, after reading it that I think I deserve 3 credits.
Malarad
If it's even possible, Robert Klose's latest book "The Three-Legged Woman" is more entertaining and insightful than his previous books. It's filled with the wisdom of someone who has had many years' experience dealing with young adults, but told with a great deal of humor. He even flashes back to his own school years, to which many of us 50-somethings can relate. Each chapter of this book is filled with wonderful stories about interesting, and often problematic students and how, as a college professor, Klose's challenge is to try to reach each of them. The book also contains brilliant explanations of scientific material (written with such passion!) advice on study tactics and innovative ways to reach seemingly "lost" students. I learned so much, after reading it that I think I deserve 3 credits.
Arcanefire
As a non-teacher, I've been wide-eyed with anticipation of all the revelations I can expect as I start each chapter of Three-Legged Woman. The book is not just an episodic collection of incidents and thoughts. It's much more. It's an often hilarious, often tragic look at what many college teachers are facing when they work with many of today's high school "graduates" and "non-traditional students" in "Open Admissions" college classrooms. The book isn't just an indictment of the system and culture that's got students to this sorry state...it offers many solutions and suggestions for how students might be better served.

My father-in-law, George Marshall of East Orland, ME sent me THIS reaction after reading it:

"I love the book - it is "close" to home concerning my life-time experiences and decisions. He is a Master of Metaphors and Characterizing. Lots of laughs for me.

Dad"
Arcanefire
As a non-teacher, I've been wide-eyed with anticipation of all the revelations I can expect as I start each chapter of Three-Legged Woman. The book is not just an episodic collection of incidents and thoughts. It's much more. It's an often hilarious, often tragic look at what many college teachers are facing when they work with many of today's high school "graduates" and "non-traditional students" in "Open Admissions" college classrooms. The book isn't just an indictment of the system and culture that's got students to this sorry state...it offers many solutions and suggestions for how students might be better served.

My father-in-law, George Marshall of East Orland, ME sent me THIS reaction after reading it:

"I love the book - it is "close" to home concerning my life-time experiences and decisions. He is a Master of Metaphors and Characterizing. Lots of laughs for me.

Dad"
Iesha
I've been a college professor for 39 years and what Robert Klose describes in this book about his decades teaching at a small out-of-the-way college reflects my own experience. He describes teaching in ways that deepen my understanding of my own teaching. But this is not a book merely for teachers; it is a book for anyone who wants to see how someone who loves his work will make the best of whatever circumstances (or in this case students) he is dealt. The creative ways he devises to communicate concepts have helped me be a better teacher, as has his compassion and empathy for his students. He is a superb writer, clear and at the same time humorous. His stories of his interactions with students are amazing. One of those books I hate to see end.
Iesha
I've been a college professor for 39 years and what Robert Klose describes in this book about his decades teaching at a small out-of-the-way college reflects my own experience. He describes teaching in ways that deepen my understanding of my own teaching. But this is not a book merely for teachers; it is a book for anyone who wants to see how someone who loves his work will make the best of whatever circumstances (or in this case students) he is dealt. The creative ways he devises to communicate concepts have helped me be a better teacher, as has his compassion and empathy for his students. He is a superb writer, clear and at the same time humorous. His stories of his interactions with students are amazing. One of those books I hate to see end.
Goldenfang
Robert Klose's 3rd and most recently released book, "The Three Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching" is his best. I've been following Klose's writing in the Christian Science Monitor for years and have always enjoyed his easy going, relaxed writing style. His first 2 books demonstrated his ability to capture the reading audience with witty and always pithy comments. He really brings it home with the 3rd book. "Three Legged Woman" focuses on the author's career teaching community college in Maine but the book goes beyond the day-to-day travails of being a teacher in the 21st century. He gives the reader insight into the students' perspectives, too, while challenging the reader to understand the same scientific principles Klose teaches his students. In an enlightening discussion Klose is able to weave the controversial concepts of evolution and the metric system into the book as he carefully teaches the reader about both of these important topics.
Klose has written this book for a broad audience that should include teachers of all levels as he skillfully describes new approaches to teaching science. In one example, Klose builds a case for using technology in the classroom. His accurate description of the wealth of information available on youtube is just one discussion of contemporary teaching techniques. Young people will enjoy Professor Klose's discussion of his childhood and how his interest in science developed as a child growing up in New Jersey. His discussion of his first microscope and his early experiments with every day available chemicals will entertain any reader. I strongly recommend the "Three Legged Woman" and encourage readers to put all of Robert Klose's books on their to-read list.
Goldenfang
Robert Klose's 3rd and most recently released book, "The Three Legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching" is his best. I've been following Klose's writing in the Christian Science Monitor for years and have always enjoyed his easy going, relaxed writing style. His first 2 books demonstrated his ability to capture the reading audience with witty and always pithy comments. He really brings it home with the 3rd book. "Three Legged Woman" focuses on the author's career teaching community college in Maine but the book goes beyond the day-to-day travails of being a teacher in the 21st century. He gives the reader insight into the students' perspectives, too, while challenging the reader to understand the same scientific principles Klose teaches his students. In an enlightening discussion Klose is able to weave the controversial concepts of evolution and the metric system into the book as he carefully teaches the reader about both of these important topics.
Klose has written this book for a broad audience that should include teachers of all levels as he skillfully describes new approaches to teaching science. In one example, Klose builds a case for using technology in the classroom. His accurate description of the wealth of information available on youtube is just one discussion of contemporary teaching techniques. Young people will enjoy Professor Klose's discussion of his childhood and how his interest in science developed as a child growing up in New Jersey. His discussion of his first microscope and his early experiments with every day available chemicals will entertain any reader. I strongly recommend the "Three Legged Woman" and encourage readers to put all of Robert Klose's books on their to-read list.
Rasmus
Robert Klose must be nothing short of a remarkable teacher. His observations of teaching at an open-admissions college in Maine reveal just how closely and compassionately he observes and cares for his students. And while describing some of their most troubling attitudes and irritating behaviors, he makes us care about them too. He accomplishes this by always seeing the bigger picture: the social and cultural pressures that shape their lives, the technological gadgets that redefine their relationships with the world and other people, the limitations that they've inherited from both their local cultures and the broader national culture. This book is not about demonizing students (though Klose never shies away from revealing the most outrageous remarks and behaviors); it's all about trying to understand them. And it's also all about how this one dedicated, inventive teacher tries to share his passion for biology (and chemistry and poetry and history and learning itself) with students who are often unprepared to appreciate those passions at all. Fortunately for readers who do appreciate his passions, this book invites us into Klose's classroom and office. We get to "hear" his lectures on the history of chemistry, on the nuances of evolutionary theory, on the elegant design of the periodic table. All of this is done with great humor, great warmth, great style, and a superb ear for reproducing student speech. For those who teach, many of the essays in this book will be head-noddingly familiar. For those who do not teach, this book should be required reading. It tells us all a great deal about the state of education and learning (and not just in the state of Maine).
Rasmus
Robert Klose must be nothing short of a remarkable teacher. His observations of teaching at an open-admissions college in Maine reveal just how closely and compassionately he observes and cares for his students. And while describing some of their most troubling attitudes and irritating behaviors, he makes us care about them too. He accomplishes this by always seeing the bigger picture: the social and cultural pressures that shape their lives, the technological gadgets that redefine their relationships with the world and other people, the limitations that they've inherited from both their local cultures and the broader national culture. This book is not about demonizing students (though Klose never shies away from revealing the most outrageous remarks and behaviors); it's all about trying to understand them. And it's also all about how this one dedicated, inventive teacher tries to share his passion for biology (and chemistry and poetry and history and learning itself) with students who are often unprepared to appreciate those passions at all. Fortunately for readers who do appreciate his passions, this book invites us into Klose's classroom and office. We get to "hear" his lectures on the history of chemistry, on the nuances of evolutionary theory, on the elegant design of the periodic table. All of this is done with great humor, great warmth, great style, and a superb ear for reproducing student speech. For those who teach, many of the essays in this book will be head-noddingly familiar. For those who do not teach, this book should be required reading. It tells us all a great deal about the state of education and learning (and not just in the state of Maine).