As a police officer reads Law teacher Brian Sheguit his Miranda rights, he tightens metal handcuffs around his wrists. Mr. Westfall announces that a substitute teacher is on the way.
Shocked, the students watch the officer arrest their new law teacher.
This year, Sheguit aims to teach law with a more hands-on, practical approach. His new vision extends beyond the law magnet and into RHS law culture.
“We’ve implemented a lot of more hands-on stuff,” Sheguit said. “The way that I teach is more from a practical standpoint. For instance, I taught Miranda, and later on, (I didn’t tell the students it was coming), I had the school resource officer come in and arrest me. We did two different scenarios – we did Miranda right, and we did it incorrectly, and that was their quiz. They had to tell me which one was right and which one was wrong. That’s the kind of way I like to teach them.”
On top of his practical approach, Sheguit collaborates with his students to create a curriculum.
“The magnet is much more interactive,” said senior and mock trial captain Isra Hamid Ali. “The teacher and senior class work together to create an engaging curriculum. He has a different teaching style, [and] designed a new curriculum for the classes.
Sheguit also heads up Law Review, the magnet’s social club and Mock Trial.
“In Mock Trial, he has offered his experiences as a civil litigator [and] aided in understanding rules and building a legal argument,” Ali said. “In Law Review, he stays on top of us to ensure that our plans and meetings are moving smoothly.”
Sheguit’s students say they enjoy the magnet and knowledge it provides.
“Mr. Sheguit and Mr. Fiedler [former law teacher] are both great teachers,” sophomore Anna Simmons said. “My favorite part of the magnet is the people in it and the lessons I have learned since freshman year.”
Whether in a Law Review meeting or the classroom, Sheguit says that while he is teaching, he is also learning.
“I’ve just been here a semester so far, so I’m still learning the best way they learn,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it because they’re all very bright, they’re all very capable, and they’re all very talented. I like seeing that in them [and] being able to further develop it.”