Wednesday, June 27, 2007
With the onset of the AALS New Law Teachers Workshop this week, I thought I would take this time to take a break from writing about scholarship and blog about teaching. But this post won't focus on questions such as which case should be the first case covered in property or which case book one should choose.
Rather, we can take a (quick) break from our research and writing to talk about interesting and unique pedagogical ways of teaching property. Singing, for example, has long been known by child educators as an effective teaching tool. Of course, our law students are no longer children but surely, some of you might agree that singing poses a distinctive and perhaps effective way of teaching a case?
I have to confess that I (yes, a first year law professor) sang to my students when I was teaching future interests. My students at SMU told me later that I helped decrease the stress (a little bit anyway) of learning life estates. When I taught Kelo v. City of New London, I circulated the words to the "Kelo Song," which was written by a student member of the Harvard Law School Federalist Society.
So how many of you sing songs to your students? From conversations I've had with some of you at last year's AALS Annual Conference, I know that several of you do. Any other songs (or poetry) you want to share? Do you have other creative ways of teaching property?
Rose Cuison Villazor