Category Archives: Teaching (general)

In Praise of the Reflective Essay: The Mushy and the Meta

by Paul Gatz The reflective essay is well named. In the best of circumstances, it holds up a mirror to the student-writer’s own learning and thinking processes and, for the teacher-reader, can present an image of the entire semester from … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect: Assessment to Improve Student Learning and Instruction

by Ashley Ahlbrand With the spring semester at an end and my summer online courses set to begin next week, I have assessment on the brain. As we know, law school is not traditionally an assessment-heavy institution, with the majority … Continue reading

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Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 1: The Relevance Paradox

by Paul Gatz Plato’s Meno begins with a question posed to Socrates by his eponymous interlocutor, asking whether virtue can be taught. Preparing for the last day of my advanced legal research course, I could not help but wonder the … Continue reading

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Learning Theories and Law: Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism

by Ashley Ahlbrand As I noted in a previous post, I am currently pursuing a graduate certificate in instructional design. The course I am taking this semester is heavily theory-based, and thus we have spent a good portion of the … Continue reading

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It’s More Than One Job

By Christine Anne George I’d like to start this post off with my most sincere apologies to the Academy. I’m an avid viewer of the Oscars, but Sunday was the first time in a long time that I haven’t stayed … Continue reading

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On the Value of Student Conferences

by Beau Steenken Earlier this week I emerged from the annual occurrence that my wife refers to as “three weeks of hell every winter,” namely grading and student conferencing. I’ve posted before about how grading is not my favorite aspect … Continue reading

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Deadline Extended: Contribute to the 25th National Legal Research Teach-In Kit Today!

by Ashley Ahlbrand For over twenty years, the National Legal Research Teach-In Kit has served as a source created by law librarians, for law librarians, on instruction, assessment, and other patron outreach activities. RIPS is a beautifully diverse SIS, and … Continue reading

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