Have you noticed an improvement in student evaluations of your teaching after implementing recommendations from the Best Practices book? I did.
I generally received high marks from students, but they became even higher once I began embracing more principles of best practices. I think what helped more than anything was that I began to truly embrace the concept of student-centered teaching. For example, I began making time to learn things about my students’ lives outside of the law building. This had two impacts. First, students viewed me as being more concerned about them as people, not just as students. Second, I became more tolerant of some student behaviors, including the student who sometimes fell asleep during my 9 AM Monday class. I knew she was a divorced mother of a high school student who was working her way through law school as a nurse. She worked the Sunday night shift. When she fell asleep, the other students and I let her rest.
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