Monday, October 28, 2013

Tips on Preparing for Class Discussions

"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."
               —African Proverb

To recap what we discussed during class (and to aid those who are not in my class or missed the session), these are key points for preparing successfully for class discussions:

  • Read the assignment before class and write down any questions you may have about it.
  • Ask questions based on critical thinking skills:
  • How can I use this information?
  • How does this information compare with what I already know about the topic?
  • What ideas, concepts, or points of view from the reading did you not understand?
  • What is the source of the material?
  • Is the material fact or opinion?
  • What is the author’s purpose? Is the author biased?
  • Has relevant and sufficient evidence been provided?

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