Have you sat across a desk (or zoom screen) from an earnest student who is trying to figure out what to write for a paper in your course? Probably every instructor who has required students to write papers has had this experience.
I certainly did. These often were interesting conversations in which I helped students consider what was important to them and how they could use the paper to advance their interests. I often suggested some things for them to read to stimulate their thinking.
I recently talked with a colleague about an upcoming class in which I will talk with her students. I suggested that she ask them to read one or more of my blog posts to prepare for the class discussion.
Afterward, it occurred to me that if you discuss possible paper topics with students, you might suggest that they read some of these posts to see what resonates for them. Many are provocative pieces challenging accepted ideas in our field, and students may want to elaborate and/or critique my ideas.
Of course, there are plenty of other things that could stimulate student paper topics, including other Indisputably posts. Feel free to suggest other materials in a comment.
They Should Call It Negotiation School, Not Law School – this is oriented mostly to faculty, but it includes a powerpoint and video that students might want to watch.
Charting a Middle Course for Court-Connected Mediation
Theory-of-Change Book – this is chock full of tasty bite-size think pieces, averaging less than 4 pages each, written by 59 contributors
The Next New Normals – this is the first in a series of posts about the new normals, with links to the other posts in the series
Dispute Resolution Video and Podcast Online Library – obviously, these are not blog posts but may be of interest to students