Preparing to Teach
Preparation for case method teaching takes place on multiple levels. First-time case instructors typically devote time to learning about the core principles of participant-centered learning. They also reflect on the ways in which their academic and professional background, prior teaching experience, values, and personal style inform the opportunities and challenges they are likely to encounter as case teachers. Ideally, case instructors prepare to shape the learning environment and become familiar with their students even before the first day of class. Prior to each class session, preparation involves careful planning of both content and process.
This section features advice in the following areas:
- Getting Started
Mead, Melissa. "Great Beginnings." Chapter 4 in Education for Judgment, ed. C. Roland Christensen, et al., 69-82. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 1991.
- Developing Teaching Style
Fairhurst, Alice M., and Linda L. Fairhurst. "The Four Temperaments." In Effective Teaching, Effective Learning: Making the Personality Connection in Your Classroom, 7-19. Palo Alto: Davies Black, 1995.
Halpern, Belle Linda, and Kathy Lubar. Leadership Presence. New York: Gotham Books, 2003.
Lowman, Joesph. "Developing Interpersonal Skills and Teaching Style." In Mastering the Techniques of Teaching , 65-98. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995.
Tauber, Robert and Cathy Sargent Mester. Acting Lessons for Teachers. Westport: Praeger, 2007.
- Shaping the Learning Environment
Hansen, Abby. "Establishing a Teaching/Learning Contract." Chapter 7 in Education for Judgment, ed. C. Roland Christensen, et al., 123-136. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 1991.
Christensen, C. Roland. "Every Student Teaches and Every Teacher Learns: The Reciprocal Gift of Discussion Teaching." Chapter 6 in Education for Judgment, ed. C. Roland Christensen, et al., 99-102. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 1991.
Follet, Mary Parker. The Teacher-Student Relation. Mary Parker Follet Foundation. http://www.follettfoundation.org/
- Planning a Class
Rangan, V. Kasturi. "Choreographing a Case Class," HBS Case No. 595-074 (Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing, 1996). Order