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Reflective Writing Assignments

Reflective writing is an increasingly common method to help students think about what they have read. Reflective writing is also a useful tool for verifying that students have done the required reading and for assessing the degree to which they have read it. By asking students to reflect upon what they've read, such assignments force students to approach an assigned reading differently than they would if they think they will be quizzed on the reading. Reflective writing is also useful beyond reading. This kind of work can be useful for preparing students for class discussions on any topic and often helps our more reticent students more comfortably express their opinions.

In this first of a two-part session, we will focus on the uses and development of reflective writing assignments. Dr. Mike Adams (Chemistry) and Dr. Ray Lang (Computer Science) will discuss the ways they incorporate reflective writing into their Freshman Seminar classes: how they structure the assignments, what they expect from the students, how they help the students learn to effectively reflect upon what they've read, and how they assess the students' work. The second part of this series will take place on Thursday, March 1, when we will focus on providing useful feedback to students on their reflective writing assignments.

  • Led by: Jason Todd (QEP/English)
  • Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
  • Time: 12:15 - 1:05 PM
  • Location: Mellon Seminar Room (Library 532B)
  • Sponsor: Quality Enhancement Plan Office and CAT

To register: Lunch will be provided. RSVP to or call ext 7512.

Tags: RTLT
Format: presentation
Event ID: 01152

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