Steve PiscitelliTo order Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, go to Amazon ( for print and Kindle versions), Barnes and Noble, or Books-a-Million.

You can view the supplemental videos I created for your use (FREE!) on the YouTube playlist.

During more than three decades as a teacher and workshop facilitator, I noticed that many educators can become isolated from their colleagues and their larger institutional culture. They become “islands” disconnected from the potential power of the teaching and learning community. That isolation can affect teaching efficacy and resilience.

I wrote this book to encourage educators to embrace the power of collaboration. It outlines (and brings to life) the “7Rs” for success: relationships, relevance, resources, rainbows, responsibility, reflection, and resilience. I created thirty-seven scenarios based on real-life/real campus/real collegial issues. Each scenario shows how to apply these seven themes to adapt to professional and personal challenges.

The scenarios raise questions about the classroom, work-life integration, collaboration with coworkers, and interpersonal relationships with supervisors. Every teaching and learning situation—everyone—allows us to take stock of and strengthen our resilience level. And we do not have to do it alone. That is the beauty of our calling! And that is the strength of this book. It recognizes the power of a collegial teaching and learning community.

I supplement the information and scenarios with links to brief thought-provoking videos (approximately sixty seconds each) that encapsulate the major themes and discussion points. You will find the videos below and also on the YouTube playlist.Steve Piscitelli

Video Playlist 

Below, you will find short videos introducing each part of the book. I wrote and produced each video to provide context and provocative questions to serve as conversation starters. Each video allows the book readers to put a face, name, and voice together when it comes to the author of their book. That is one way to build relationships. Click on the video link and enjoy these complementary videos.Steve Piscitelli

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  Scenario #1: What Is Your Story?Steve Piscitelli

  Scenario #2: I Am, Therefore I Profess!Steve Piscitelli

  Scenario #3: What Do You Want To Talk About?Steve Piscitelli

  Scenario #4: The First Day Of ClassSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #5: They Just Copied And PastedSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #6: I Don't Want To Burn OutSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #7: Nothing Will Stand In My Way!Steve Piscitelli

   Scenario #8: Classroom CrisesSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #9: I Don't Have Time For Games And ComplaintsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #10: I Got An "A" Last Semester!Steve Piscitelli

   Scenario #11: Grading Fairly And With Effective FeedbackSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #12: The Case For Mentoring First-Year FacultySteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #13: Encouraging and Challenging All Students With Instructional StrategiesSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #14: Boundaries And LimitsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #15: Student AttendanceSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #16: Student Phones, Tablets, And LaptopsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #17: TextbooksSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #18: Committee WorkSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #19: Conference Attendance And ParticipationSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #20: Institutional Climate And CultureSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #21: Office Hours And Appropriate Office ProfessionalismSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #22: Collegial Collisions--Building Bridges For CollaborationSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #23: Differing Perceptions On Teaching EfficacySteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #24: Empathic Engagement With StudentsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #25: No Cell Phones During Our MeetingsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #26: Recovering From A "Bad" Class SessionSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #27: Trigger WarningsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #28: Appropriate AccommodationsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #29: Do Faculty Understand The Role Of AdministratorsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #30: Syllabus Expectations And DisconnectionsSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #31: Your Most Meaningful Career AccomplishmentSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #32: Connecting With The DeanSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #33: Know When To Say "No!"Steve Piscitelli

   Scenario #34: Let Me Show You How It's DoneSteve Piscitelli

   Scenario #35: OMG, Indeed!Steve Piscitelli

   Scenario #36: Everyone Gets A Trophy!Steve Piscitelli

   Scenario #37: Now It's Your TurnSteve Piscitelli

   Gratitude!Steve Piscitelli

  Video Outtakes!

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