The Five-minute Exercise: A Method for Using Modified Lectures in the Legal Research Classroom
Nicole Downing, The Five-Minute Exercise: A Method for Using Modified Lectures in the Legal Research Classroom, 38 Legal Reference Services Q. 1 (2019).
As legal research instructors develop new and exciting ways to engage law students in the classroom, the value of the lecture as a continued pedagogical tool can be lost. In comparing the pedagogical strengths and weaknesses of passive and active learning, this article identifies lack of engagement as one of the biggest weaknesses of lectures as compared to active learning methods. To increase engagement during lectures, the author proposes the five-minute exercise method as a way to modify lectures with the addition of short, skill-based exercises.