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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Course Preparation Project: Choosing a Course Philosophy (Update)

It seems as if course philosophies are as difficult to talk about on the web as they are in person.  In my initial post, I noted that "the idea of a course philosophy is less discussed," and Orin Kerr said that this was "a tricky topic because a course 'philosophy' is so personal to the professor."  Nevertheless, choosing an overall approach -- the forest out of the trees, as it were -- is critical to your teaching.  Without it, you and your students may find yourselves swamped in a morass of doctrine.  It is easy to get caught up in preparing and teaching the materials day by day, especially your first year.  It's best to think about your overall approach ("philosophy" or perhaps "animating aims") ahead of time, so it can structure your day-to-day prep.  And talking it through can be very helpful in providing ideas about what you do and do not want to do.

Here are the links to the individual posts.

As I've said before, I hope these posts become places for continual discussion throughout the summer and semester.  Thanks for your comments.

Posted by Matt Bodie on July 19, 2007 at 11:10 AM in Teaching Law | Permalink


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Of course I'm on the outside looking in on this one, but I think it is an important endeavor and I do hope folks take the time to contribute to this worthy project.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Jul 19, 2007 11:52:27 AM

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