Northwestern University

Wed 2:00 PM

Graduate Workshop: Designing and Teaching a Freshman Seminar: Lessons Learned

When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

Where: 627 Dartmouth Place, Searle Center Library, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Theresa J Pfister   1.847.491.3106

Group: Searle Graduate Events

Category: Academic

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Designing and Teaching a Freshman Seminar: Lessons Learned

Wednesday, May 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston


Description: What unique challenges do we as educators face in developing freshman or introductory seminars that emphasize critical thinking? And what does it mean to teach students to read, think, and write critically? This workshop will draw on various lessons gleaned from my experience in developing and teaching a WCAS freshman seminar, and also highlight how we might transfer these lessons to non-freshman courses. We will address strategies on imparting critical reading/thinking/writing skills and, in so doing, consider assessment and evaluation (and the distinctions between the two). Concrete lesson plans and tools will be provided to help participants incorporate workshop lessons in their own course development and pedagogical approaches.


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