Sometimes (ok – just once) I get asked for recommendations about reading material on the ideas of teaching physics. I used to recommend Arnold Arons book on teaching introductory physics. Still, that is a classic and a great resource. However, there is a better one.
Originally, this was kind of like the instructor’s manual that went with one of the big name intro-physics books (maybe the new version of Halliday and Resnick). But this book is way more than an instructor’s manual. What is even better is that it is online and free (see link above). I don’t know if it is supposed to be online for free, but that is on Redish’s site – so just don’t tell anyone.
I like this book because it is a clear and straightforward approach to the issues of teaching and learning in physics. I actually recommend this text for chemistry faculty also (chemists are people too).