Silence is Golden: Using a 'Silent Scrolling Powerpoint' Series to Enhance Your Course Dynamic
23 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2013
Date Written: Summer 2013
This article explores the use of an alternative teaching tool in a law school classroom as a method of inspiring law students and prompting excited engagement in both the underlying course and the legal profession. The author, a seven-year Legal Research & Writing Professor, first explains how she has used the automatic advance feature in Microsoft PowerPoint to create a semester series of weekly “Silent Scrolling PowerPoints,” 5 to 7 minutes in length, on a variety of topics of interest and inspiration to her first-year law students. She then summarizes the six benefits observed while experimenting with this tool over a three year period, including a sustained and enthusiastic engagement by the students, a weekly opportunity to model good organization, clear writing, and professional citation habits, and a creative and motivating outlet for the professor. As part of the article, she also examines the pedagogical benefits of the silent delivery method, suggests ways in which this tool could be used by a professor teaching any law-related course, and includes her Fall semester “Silent Scroll” playlist to illustrate the types of topics that work well in this format because they resonate with students and professors alike.
Keywords: legal research and writing, professionalism, law school success, teaching techniques, silence, law students, advice, student engagement, slideshows, powerpoint, legal writing
JEL Classification: K00
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