Leading in the Classroom
The extensive preparation carried out by case method instructors prior to a class session culminates in the real-time discussion of the case. Implementing the teaching plan involves challenges and opportunities along two dimensions. On the one hand, the class flow provides a temporal dimension to execution as the instructor moves through time from pre-class arrival, to the opening, through sequences of questioning, listening, and responding, to transitions and, ultimately, to the closing of the class. At the same time, there are discussion management issues that cut across the entire class session, including the management of time, student participation and engagement, and the use of boards. This section of the Case Method in Practice site explores each of these aspects of case teaching in the classroom.