Friday, August 17, 2012
Next week, after a two-year hiatus, I will embark on my sixth semester teaching contracts. This time, for the first time, I will be using Christina Kunz (left) and Carol Chomsky's (right) casebook, Contracts: A Contemporary Approach. I am looking forward to returning to teaching contracts and especially to trying out a new approach.
In addition to the new casebook, I am also incorporating clickers into my course for the first time. That is, I will be polling my students and giving them little un-graded mini-quizzes. They will give me answers by pressing buttons on their clickers, and I will see the results immediately. Because the clickers enable the students to participate anonymously, they need not be nervous about getting the wrong answers and I hope that this technology will help me quickly take the temperature of my students and see if the material is sinking in.
I have colleagues who find one casebook and stick with it, but I am a firm believer in the switcheroo. I've learned a great deal from teaching out of each of the casebooks I have used prior to this one. I expect that I will learn a great deal from an intense immersion into Chomsky's and Kunz's approaches to teaching contracts. And I am eager to see how and the extent to which m students make use of their casebook's interactive features.
But mostly, the new casebook will give me the opportunity to cover some cases that I haven't used before, and new cases mean new limericks!
Stay tuned (bwhahahaha!)