Friday, July 14, 2017
- ABA Journal, ABA Committee Weighs Adding Gender Identity, Ethnicity to Law School Accreditation Diversity Rules
- ABA Journal, California Supreme Court asserts its authority to determine passing bar exam grade
- Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine), Fall 2018 Law School Admissions Season Opens With A Bang: LSAT Test-Takers Increased 19.8% In June, The Biggest Jump In 8 Years
- Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine) & Kellye Y. Testy (President & CEO, LSAC; Former Dean, University of Washington), Corrected Data: The Quantity and Quality of Law School Applicants
- Joshua Fershee (West Virginia), Lessons on Teaching Law and Creating a Legacy from Hamilton: An American Musical
- Inside Higher Ed, Brazilian Wax Question Lands Professor In Hot Water
- Jeff Lipshaw (Suffolk), Robot Lawyers, 'Skills Training,' And Legal Education
- Benjamin V. Madison III and Larry O. Natt Gantt, II (Regent), Self-Directedness and Professional Formation: Connecting Two Critical Concepts in Legal Education
- Scott F. Norberg (Florida International), The Case for an ABA Accreditation Standard on Employment Outcomes
- preLaw, Charleston Law's Unexpected Rebound
- Christopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt), Teaching a Course in Regulation of Police Investigation: A Multi-Perspective, Problem-Oriented Course
- The Telegraph, New Dean Wants to Make Mercer the State’s ‘Premier Law School’
Comment: Last week I recommended Susan A. Ambrose et.al., How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010) as the best general education book for improving your teaching.
Here are three more books on the same subject:
Duane Shell et.al., The Unified Learning Model: How Motivational, Cognitive, and Neurobiologal Sciences Inform Best Teaching Practices (2010). Not only does this book include a great deal of information on how to teach, it also presents the cognitive science behind its advice.
Peter C. Brown et.al., Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014). "To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners."
Daniel T. Willingham, Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009). "Easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engaging students in the classroom. Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences."