Best Practices Identified by “Each One, Teach One” Participants (Spring 2009):
- Require students to locate and use resources outside of the classroom (example: internet searches)
- Require students to perform hands on exercises which demonstrate student evaluation of material taught.
- Student presentation from research of assigned task. ie. research and demonstrate presentation of an alternative fuel.
- Small groups of students engage in discussions of scenarios, case studies, or current events or topics related to course content.
- Small groups of students engage in group research of information related to group discussions.
- Small groups of students collectively create reports, essays, or projects relaying the students’ understanding of material covered in the course content.
- Independent student research and subsequent independent student creation of reports, projects or essays related to or documenting student research.
- Students argue or defend alternative viewpoints that are not their own regarding class discussions or topics.
- Group activities to analyze the fallacies that exist within our disciplines
- Class debates to reflect upon and monitor the qualities of reasoning necessary
- Internet research activities to evaluate information
- Essay writing to articulate sound positions and reflect upon and monitor the qualities of reasoning
- Provide appropriate progression of material
- Check for understanding through questioning and discussion
- Provide specific and encouraging feedback.
- Use engaging and appropriate assessments to determine mastery of critical thinking skills.
- Preview and annotate materials.
- Locate themes, issues, and point of view in subject matter.
- Pose open ended questions.
- Utilize collaborative learning.
- Evaluate genres, historical eras and cultural mores in subject matter.
- Articulate examples of themes.
- Evaluate and draw conclusions based on auditory and visual stimuli.
- Demonstrate listening, writing, and speaking skills based on form and theme.
- Engage in active listening and participation.
- Utilize small groups to engage students and promote problem solving.
- Ask students to suggest possible essay questions, prompts, and assignments.
- Ask students to support their stances and opinions (written and/or oral) using specific, concrete examples and sound research.
- Ask students to creatively apply studied concepts in specific, concrete situations.
- Encourage students to examine their own biases and assumptions through understanding, empathizing, and exploring perspectives different from their own
Rhetoric and Informal Logic