Monday, September 26, 2011

Speed Dating, Speed Conferencing

I was married long before the advent of speed dating, so I have no personal experience. However, the concept gave me a new pedagogical idea: Speed conferencing. 

This week, I am holding individual 10 minute conferences with my Advanced Legal Writing students. They set the agenda by deciding what they want to talk about. The conferences give us a chance to get to know one another and to deal with any pressing questions they have about the course or about writing. 

At the end of the semester, I will hold individual exit interviews that will have essentially the same format, but will run 30 minutes or so. Those conferences are an opportunity for reflection on the substance of the course. In contrast, the speed conferences are designed to get us off to a good start.


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