Master Teachers at HKS

Two faculty members share insights and practical advice about case teaching/leading discussions and teaching quantitative courses.

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Tony Gomez-Ibanez: Case Teaching/Leading Discussions

Full video: 18:57 min

How do you prepare for a case class? What are the most important things to keep in mind in terms of the structure?

2:21

What’s the best way to begin the class? How many blocks of discussion should you have?

1:29

How do you launch the conversation?

1:26

What tools can you use to manage the conversation?

2:14

How can you encourage participation? What’s the best way to react to students’ comments?

1:42

How do you transition from one block to the next? Can body language help bring students out?

1:54

How important is the board plan? How can you best use the board to structure and strengthen the conversation?

3:24

What should a case have to trigger an interesting discussion?

1:32

What’s the best way to wrap up the discussion? What makes case classes worth teaching?

2:40

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Suzanne Cooper: Quantitative Courses

Full video: 14:32 min

How do you set the stage at the beginning of a quant class? What kind of context do students need?

2:57

How can you use handouts in a way that requires students’ active participation?

2:21

How can you manage a class with varying degrees of comfort with the material?

2:04

What tools can you use to keep engaging students who are having trouble?

3:59

How can you deal with silence in a quant class?

1:43

How can you wrap up a particularly challenging class?

1:39

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