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Jul 19, 2021

We faculty rarely talk about how to use textbooks effectively. Not with each other, not with students, not with anybody. And we've probably not ever had any training in how to use what is a key tool in teaching and learning the typical A&P course. This episode solves that problem!

00:00 | Introduction

00:46 | More Textbook Tricks

03:20 | Transparency

06:46 | Sponsored by AAA

08:04 | Read and Raid

12:46 | Sponsored by HAPI

14:17 | Honor The Textbook

32:44 | Sponsored by HAPS

34:28 | (You) Read The Textbook

39:44 | Teach Your Students How to Read Textbooks

49:26 | Loving & Learning About Textbooks

51:16 | Staying Connected

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More Textbook Tricks

2.5 minutes

In Episode 94, I discussed the reasons why our A&P textbooks often seem to be too large. In this episode, I return to the scene of the crime to discuss some other aspects of how we look at our textbooks and how we use them.

Do A&P Textbooks Have Too Much Content? | TAPP 94

★ Your Textbook is a Mitten, Not a Glove (Kevin's brief article mentioned in this segment)
READ and RAID your textbook (Kevin's brief article for students on a useful approach to using their A&P textbook)

★ Selling your textbook? (Kevin's brief article for students on why they need to keep their A&P textbook—to access that "extra content" in their later courses & career)

open book with text: Do A&P Textbooks have too much content? Episode 94



3.5 minutes

In Episode 51, I discussed why we should be transparent with students about how and why we do things in our course. In this episode, I apply that principle to the A&P textbook.

The Case for Transparency | Episode 51

Episode 51

Sponsored by AAA

1.5 minute

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Read and Raid

4.5 minutes

In Episode 75, I briefly explained the "read and raid" principle of using textbooks briefly, when discussing how it can be applied to the course syllabus. Here, I discuss the original notion of read and raid by discussion how it works in the A&P textbook.

The Syllabus Special | TAPP 75

READ and RAID your textbook (a link for students; explains the “read & raid principle” as applied to textbooks)

two common ways to use a textbook: read, raid


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Honor The Textbook

18.5 minutes

If we want to model professional behavior, we can voice any disagreements we have with our course textbook without resorting to disagreeable "hating" on the textbook. And we should remember to give feedback to the authors when we find mistakes or other issues. That's the kind of professional we want to be, right?

man with book at a computer


Sponsored by HAPS

1.5 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

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(You) Read The Textbook

5.5 minutes

We should read the textbook every time we teach. It's a habit that pays big dividends for teaching and learning.

Stiff! The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (book mentioned here as being an upcoming selection of the HAPS Book Club has also been listed in The A&P Professor Book Club)

man reading


Teach Your Students How to Read Textbooks

9.5 minutes

Reading a textbook requires a strategy. We are in a position to help our students find their strategy by using metacognition and available published textbook strategies.

★ Reading Strategies: Reading the Textbook (Kevin's page for A&P students that you can link to from your course)

★ The A&P Student Reading Strategies (collection of posts from Kevin's blog for A&P students)

woman reading a book


Loving & Learning About Textbooks

2 minutes

There's a lot more to a textbook than most of us think. What I mean is that we ought to think more about how to best use our course textbook and how to best coach our students in learning from their A&P textbook.



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