Friday, May 13, 2005
The Association on Higher Education and Disability ("AHEAD") is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
It is a membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality support services to serve the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
I have attended several AHEAD conferences over the years, and found them to be very helpful as I serve law students with disabilities. You ought to consider attending.
This year, the 28th annual conference will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from August 2 through 6.
AHEAD also offers regional training. Last year, I attended a day-long regional program in Massachusetts about assisting students with ADHD, psychological difficulties, and psychiatric disorders. Take a look at what they have to offer. (djt)
B. It's vacation time!
I'll be south of the border for two weeks, so Ellen will be handling the Blog. We decided that the last half of May would be "Blog Lite," so don't expect our usual joint output. Happy end of the Academic Year. (djt)
Thursday, May 12, 2005
If accurate, will this forecast urge young unemployed and underemployed college grads into law school in the coming year? If you have difficulty accessing the New York Times on the web, you may need to register, which is free. (els)
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
If you're looking for ideas on a novel training this summer, you might want to consider the trainings offered by the National Institute at Landmark College, which is affiliated with Landmark College, a school tailored to students with LDs and AD/HD, located in Putney, Vermont.
Answer the following question: Does teaching your students to master the skills they need to manage their varied responsibilities as a law student:
a. Pose challenges?
a. Occasionally seem exhausting?
b. Occasionally make you want to pull your hair out?
If you're inclined to answer yes to any of those options, you may want to learn more skills to become an effective coach, particularly for students with AD/HD. According to their website, the AD/HD Coaching Training focuses on:
Utilizing expert question asking
Facilitating effective action
Practicing specific coaching techniques and strategies
Exploring record keeping options
The week-long course is designed for "professionals working with students at the postsecondary level. Secondary school educators working one-on-one or in specialized settings will also benefit."
For the weather wimps among you, do note that the Vermont summers are truly wonderful. The National Institute offers trainings throughout the summer. Other trainings of interest include, Teaching Writing to Students with LD/ADHD and Technology Solutions for Students with LD/ADHD. (els)
Sunday, May 8, 2005
Let me guess: At least one student in the past few days has some anxiety about law school exams. You've probably developed your own rap to encourage students to take as positive of a view as possible on the looming (um, approaching) examinations and to remind them to get enough sleep, nutrition and exercise as they prepare to finish the year and to walk, crawl or hobble off into the sunset. Maybe you want to browse some links on the web to gather some more suggestions. U. of Dayton Law Professor Vernellia Randall offers some suggestions for anxious law students, including reminding them to pace themselves during examinations and to eat before the test. For some generalized tips on reducing test anxiety visit the test taking tips website. The good folks at University of Pittsburgh Student Health Center offer some relaxation techniques on their website. You may want to refer students to the school counselor during this hectic time. (els)
Those of us who are over 50 ... okay, maybe even 40 ... have dark memories about attempting law school without academic support.
Paula Poundstone - who, as far as I know, never attended law school - seems to sum up law school life before academic support . . .
"My mom told me how she learned to swim. Someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. That's how she learned how to swim. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'" (djt)
Do you offer writing advice to students?
- How to write exam answers?
- How to write legal writing, legal methods, legal research papers?
- How to write seminar papers?
This article (52 J. Legal Educ. 440, No. 3, Sept. 2002) describes how to avoid "tunnel vision" when writing seminar papers.
Writing expert (guru?) Professor Eugene Volokh borrows the systematic concept of "test suites" from the computer programmer world, to explain how students can be guided away from the tendency to generalize and leave essential counterexamples unexamined. (djt)