03/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Roland Burris Cramming In "Senate School"

WASHINGTON -- Thursday morning, Sen. Roland Burris was in "Senate school," learning, with other new senators huddled around the podium in the Senate chamber, how the floor works.

There are a few ways to be recognized -- a senator can stand or call an audible. Burris and the other freshmen got pointers on how to wield the gavel when presiding and where the switches are for the microphones.

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