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gtPathways: Unbridled Writing: Using Low Stakes Assignments to Facilitate Critical Thinking

John Jurica
After spring break, John Jurica of Psychology will look at writing and critical thinking as he presents "Unbridled Writing: Using Low Stakes Assignments to Facilitate Critical Thinking?" His presentation will be Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in BSB 357: For many undergraduate students, writing is seen as stressful, difficult, and even unmanageable. Using low stakes writing assignments, instructors can help students develop a comfort with writing while increasing retention of course concepts and fostering greater understanding of complex ideas. But how can we implement low stakes writing effectively? This presentation will introduce several low stakes writing strategies instructors can employ to encourage critical thinking. These strategies include the weighing of low stakes writing, the frequency of low stakes assignments, and the context and grading of low stakes assignments. Finally, the presentation will address creating different writing prompts to achieve specific pedagogical goals, including development of comfort with writing, encouragement of comprehension, and preparation for high stakes assignments.
Dates and Times:
March 26 - March 26, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Behavioral Science Building Room 357
Learn More:
Debora Colbert, 970-491-2645, debora.colbert@colostate.edu