Thursday, July 28, 2011
I remember the helpful training I received when I started teaching. Wait! That’s right! I didn’t get and helpful training. It was sink or swim, with occasional bits of advice from other profs. Except for the AALS’ week long summer program for new professors, the non-training is still largely the way it has always been.
Let me recommend a new book by Wolters Kluwer (Aspen): “Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching” by Professors Howard Katz and Kevin Francis O’Neill. This thin book is a very helpful and detailed guide for the newbie teacher who is looking for sound advice from designing a syllabus to grading the exam.
Let me also mention three books on teaching by a group of talented teachers: Steve Friedland, Gerry Hess, Michael Hunter Schwartz, and Sophie Sparrow (Carolina Academic Press).