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April 30, 2007

Teaching New Teachers: From Book Selection to Final Exam

Howard Katz (Charlotte) and Kevin Oneill (Cleveland State) have deposited Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New Teachers in SSRN. The author's believe their article is the first to provide "detailed and comprehensive advice on how to teach a law school course — from choosing a book and designing a syllabus to orchestrating the classroom experience to creating and grading the final exam." -- Joe Hodnicki

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What a wonderful idea... It would be great if this article could serve as the basis for a bigger discussion or series of workshops for professors who want to sharpen their teaching skills with each other.

Would it be accurate to say that the article is targeted particularly at doctrinal, and especially first-year, classes?

Posted by: Gene Koo | May 1, 2007 10:57:48 AM

Yes, Gene. I think there is a first-year and doctrinal emphasis. I like the article and anticipate its completion. It strikes me, however, that it is a conservative document--a primer on traditional teaching. This might be a good, "better not rock the boat" strategy for new profs. But keeping with the theme of this blog, what would an "Innovative Law Teaching for New Law Teachers" article look like? Should new profs even attempt innovation in the early years?

Posted by: Geoff McGovern | May 2, 2007 1:25:48 PM

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