As an educator, you know that the ability to thoroughly evaluate information and its sources plays a vital role in students’ development as independent, critical thinkers. Through your lectures and your assignments, you challenge students to think deeply about the information they encounter on a daily basis. You also want them to learn how to evaluate the arguments presented in what they’re reading and writing, and you want them to be able to back up their own claims with evidence that supports the points that they wish to communicate to others.
If you are seeking additional ways to build critical-thinking skills into your writing assignments, gather some ideas from Dr. Robert Yagelski, author of Cengage Learning’s new Writing: Ten Core Concepts and other texts. In this video, he describes how challenging students’ perceived notions and binary thinking can lead to critical inquiry in the writing classroom. He also shares many of his strategies for building and developing his students’ critical-thinking abilities.
How do you incorporate critical thinking strategies into your course assignments? Share your ideas in the comments.