Stephen Chavez Presents at Seminar on Preparing Practice Ready Students

Professor Stephen Chavez presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s (LWI) one day seminar which took place at Southern Illinois University Law School, in Carbondale, Illinois, on December 12. The theme of the seminar was “Preparing Practice Ready Students.”  Professor Chavez’s presentation, “Starting From Scratch: Developing Scratcher Exercises for Student Motivation and Engagement,” was designed to help both new and veteran instructors motivate students to participate in class discussions and group activities through the use of  “scratcher” cards.  Unlike traditional multiple choice exercises, scratcher cards provide immediate feedback to students and instantaneous information to professors to measure success in meeting teaching goals.  Professor Chavez’s presentation provided exercises for both individual and group exercises.