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Sturm College of Law


Collaborative learning, Self-learning, Legal education, Cooperative learning


A saying in the literature of collaborative learning scolds us teachers for being too fond of the sound of our own voices: “You need to be less of the ‘Sage on the Stage’ and more of the ‘Guide on the Side.’” The night of my “best class” this saying really hit home to me. I was the Guide on the Side, and the students took over the teaching– and the learning.

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Originally published as David I.C. Thomson, Sometimes you Have to be The Guide on the Side, 20 SECOND DRAFT 23 (2005), a publication of the Legal Writing Institute, available at: Copyright is held by the author. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.