Sunday, September 14, 2008

I survived!


The class was still settling down when my professor started class by saying "Mrs D, can you please tell me the facts about Patterson v. Pattberg? I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest. I stood up, grabbed my brief and nervously started going over the case. He stopped me mid sentence. "Let's come back to the case, why don't we do a few hypotheticals?" Great. It is way easier to regurgitate facts than to apply the rules of the case (which you have to infer, they are not given to you)to different situations. Needless to say, I did fairly well. My professor let me off the hook half way through the case saying that I did a good job and he wouldn't want to rob someone else of the opportunity. Some of my classmates even congratulated me after class, but I don't want to get cocky, we try to congratulate everyone after class that does reasonable well. Overall a very positive experience with my first real shot at the Socratic method.