The Value of Variety in Teaching: A Professor's Guide

Journal of Legal Education, Volume 64, Number 1, August 2014

28 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2014

See all articles by Heather Garretson

Heather Garretson

CUNY School of Law; Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Tonya L. Krause-Phelan

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Jane Siegel

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Kara Zech Thelen

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Date Written: August 1, 2014

Abstract

In The Value of Variety, A Professor’s Guide, four law-school professors demonstrate that variety in the classroom is necessary to enhance law school learning. In the guide, the professors go beyond the Socratic Method and reveal over 80 creative teaching exercises to use in the classroom. With 38 years of combined teaching experience, these professors collaborated to create this go-to guide and tested each in the classroom. For quick reference, each class exercise is listed by skill category. The exercises develop the lawyering skills practice demands, bring necessary variety to the classroom, and are appreciated by students.

Keywords: Law School Learning, collaboration, teaching exercises, law professor, law school, Socratic Method, reference, lawyering skills

Suggested Citation

Garretson, Heather and Krause-Phelan, Tonya L. and Siegel, Jane and Zech Thelen, Kara, The Value of Variety in Teaching: A Professor's Guide (August 1, 2014). Journal of Legal Education, Volume 64, Number 1, August 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2508066

Heather Garretson (Contact Author)

CUNY School of Law ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

111 Commerce
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

Tonya L. Krause-Phelan

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

Jane Siegel

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

Kara Zech Thelen

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

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