These are the questions that drove our interest in documenting the "Principles of Learning for Teaching" course, a class that Lee Shulman, Linda Darling-Hammond and Karen Hammerness taught last year with Kay
Moffett and Misty Sato. This is a Foundations course in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) which draws from a course that was designed and taught for many years in the program by Lee Shulman. In this web
site, we explain our purposes in having students write cases and we also describe how cases fit into
the course. We provide samples of student work, samples of instructor feedback on the work, and resources related to the course. We also explore what students learned from the experience of writing cases in
the context of reading theory about learning and teaching. We examine in more depth what "remembering, retelling and reflecting" prompts for new teachers. In the final pages, we reflect
upon what we've learned as instructors in this course about what students learn from case-writing, and how to support students in linking theory and practice through case-writing.
A case takes the raw material of first-order experience and renders it narratively into a second-order experience. The process of remembering, retelling
and reflecting is the process of learning from experience.