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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Teaching in Two-hour Blocks

For many years, before moving to UNLV this year, I taught Constitutional Law as a four-hour course in two, two-hour blocks. Two hours is a long time even with a ten-minute, mid-class break, so last year, I split the two hours. I taught the first hour before lunch and the second hour after lunch. And I think it went much better that way. It felt much more like two one-hour classes than one two-hour class.

I also used the lunch break to meet with students over lunch so we could talk about the course in a less formal setting.

Because I was teaching a required first-year course (second semester), we didn't have to worry about creating conflicts with too many other classes, as might be a problem with an upper-level course that crosses two scheduling blocks.

I'm now teaching the individual rights part of Constitutional Law as a three-credit course, so I can't continue my experiment. But I recommend it to others who find a two-hour stretch challenging.

(It's great to be back for a visit. Thanks very much for including me this month.)

Posted by David Orentlicher on May 10, 2018 at 02:33 PM in Teaching Law | Permalink

Comments

This is interesting. I have long railed against teaching in two two-hour blocks (as opposed to 3 70-minute blocks), for the reasons you named. But how do you do that with multiple 4-hour 1L classes--it does not seem like something that can scale. And it is impossible with, as we have, an evening program.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | May 10, 2018 6:13:26 PM

Last summer, I taught corporations over the summer at George Washington. We met 3x a week for 3 hours per class. 3 hours of me, 3 nights a week was surely a lot. God bless those students!

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | May 10, 2018 9:16:48 PM

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