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So You Think You’re Not Teaching Critical Thinking? Incorporating Critical Thinking Through Writing Beth Padden Joliet Junior College

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1 So You Think You’re Not Teaching Critical Thinking? Incorporating Critical Thinking Through Writing Beth Padden Joliet Junior College

2 How can I teach critical thinking when so much of my class is rote memorization? Even if I can include critical thinking, how can I assess it?

3 Source:http://www.eng.auburn.edu/~tplacek/courses/3600/blooms.jpg

4 The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning

5 Writing As a Process Source:

6 Teaching Assessment Testing Adapted from Brown, 2004

7 Rubrics, Rubrics, Rubrics Not just final draft; process Involve Students Rubrics for discussions Students use rubrics for peer-editing

8 Activate Prior Knowledge and Get Students Thinking About the Topic Students have begun memorizing vocabulary. Visual representations of basic vocabulary are presented while students brainstorm by shouting out the words they see or other related words. – Ikea Spain: Cultural differences between Spanish and American Houses are discussed.

9 Applying the lexical field Now that students feel comfortable with basic vocabulary they use that vocabulary to talk about real houses for sale in Spain. – Students prepare answers to guiding questions that they will then present to the class. – Why do you like the house? Why do you not like the house?, etc.

10 Reviewing Information As students present their answers to the questions about the Spanish real estate, classmates ask questions for clarification. Discussion of differences between Spanish and American houses continues. After presentation students are asked if they would like to live in any of the houses presented.

11 Creating a Plan What kind of house would you like to live in? In groups students develop their dream houses. – guiding questions, visual designs, etc.

12 Writing a Draft Students write drafts of an expository essay describing their dream house in Spanish. About 100 words. “Micro-essay” follows same format as formal expository essay.

13 Peer Editing Students read one another’s papers to give advice on revisions. – Students must understand the writing of other students. – Students must be able to give input on necessary changes.

14 The Final Draft Process, not product. No longer just rote memorization of vocabulary and grammar rules.

15 References Anderson, L.W., & Krathwohl, D.R. (Eds.) (2001). A taxonomy of learning, teaching, and assessment: A revision of Bloom's taxonomy of educational objectives. New York: Longman. Brown, H. D. (2004.) Language assessment: Principles and classroom practices. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, Inc.


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