Spacing and interleaving might sound like unusual pedagogical practices, but they might just be worth employing with your law students. In Want to Make Learning Stick? Make it Harder over on Age of Awareness at Medium, Nick Soderstrom argues for the adoption of some different techniques to improve learning outcomes. Spaced out... Cramming and long periods …
One of the things that, as law teachers, we should not and cannot throw into law students’ way is another barrier that might just be the result of lazy teaching.
But what if I told you though that now might be a good time to think about the end of the semester and student evaluations? Have you thought about their expectations?
Professor Hal Wicke
Deputy Chair, Department of Speech and Communication
New York School of Career and Applied Studies, Touro College
Stage fright is a universal phenomenon. Almost everyone has had their own experience with stage fright. Touro Communication instructors have many anecdotes collected over the years. Each instructor has her way of addressing stage fright in class. They will tell you what the business world knows that fear of speaking in public remains the number one stumbling block for professional success.
Here are some stories from my own experience:
- A Touro administrator spoke about his “terrible” anxiety he experiences when he gets up to teach a class or talk to an audience.
- When she heard that the class was going to get up a do an impromptu speech, a Touro student of mine, sitting in the last row, dropped to the floor and crawled on her knees…
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The role of lawyers hasn’t attracted much attention in the hearings or the final report of the Royal Commission into the Financial Services Industry here in Australia. But there are some things that flow from the Commissioner’s recommendations which obviously have a direct impact on lawyers working in the industry but are also potentially teachable moments for law students—good, bad and ugly.
The first day of semester at law school is rapidly approaching for many of us in legal education in the southern hemisphere. You’ve spent days (or even weeks) compiling your curriculum, your reading list and writing assessment tasks. You might have even started to (re)write your lectures and lesson plans. But have you thought about …