The case conferences were really helpful. I had a bunch of ideas, it was a case of this and it was a case of that. It was about fourteen different cases! But for the
conference I had to figure out what to say to people in ten minutes that got at the essence, which helped me figure out that talking about the unit as a whole wouldn't work. And I think also, one person said, "It
seems like you are really focused upon these two Wednesdays; why don't you just write about that?" So I think that helped me narrow my case down.
Trying to figure out "what is this a case of?" was also really helpful. I had some ideas, but other people had concrete suggestions which was really helpful--was it a case of
intellectual honesty, of good teaching, of organization of my subject matter, or what was it a case of? And then I really started to think about how Bruner related, as well as what other concepts of the course might
Finally, having different voices, and different understandings of what we were learning in the course really helped. I had really latched on to Bruner, but other people had
latched on to Perkins or other theories. So it was helpful to have them ask, how does this relate to this theory, or that theory?
--Sonya, STEP '00 student