Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ideas for the first day of class

J0399885Everyone gets a little nervous when a new school year begins, no matter how many years of teaching experience he or she has accumulated. It helps to remember that the students are nervous, too.

Many of us are thinking about how to enrich the first day of class beyond the typical explanation of the syllabus and other housekeeping matters. Here are some tips for college teachers that may provide ideas for all of us:

I was inspired to try some new things by various presenters at the LWI conference in July. So on my first day of class, my students are going to be treated to a very short "movie" (a series of clips on a silent movie-type soundtrack) that emphasizes some of the tools for success in legal writing. (It may bomb, but I am willing to take the risk.)

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