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7/25/2014 2:41:11 PM
AALL Session Review: Building Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverence While Teaching Legal Research (C3)
Presenters: Kristina L. Niedringhaus (Georgia State University College of Law) and Carolyn Broering-Jacobs (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law)
This session was unique (to me) in that it focused not on tips for teaching legal research, but instead on the importance of instilling a certain mindset for learning.
The presenters gave a brief presentation before the audience broke into groups to brainstorm (conveniently, we were seated at round tables).
The highlights of the presentation:
- studies have shown that the quality of perseverance is more important than talent as a predictor of success
- instructors need to create an environment in their classrooms where students feel safe to risk failure, thus instilling a "growth mindset"
- students need to become self-directed learners; as attorneys, they will be life-long learners
- be sensitive to students; attempt to avoid a perception of disparate treatment
A handout with ideas for instilling grit is available at http://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/grit/.
Posted By 7/25/2014 2:41:11 PM