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The Problem with Word Problems
Read Today, Lead Tomorrow (RTLT)

Challenging students with word problems is a common technique for teaching and assessing critical thinking skills. By making the student figure out not only what the answer is but also, in essence, what the question is, we force them to engage with the problem at a greater level. Although the label "word problem" is generally associated with the STEM disciplines, any question posed in a way that does not directly instruct the student how to answer the question can be considered as a "word problem." If so, then word problems are used across the disciplines.

Often overlooked when considering the challenge of word problems, however, is the part of the process that requires strong critical reading skills. If a student can't effectively interpret the "text" of the problem, the student has no chance of successfully solving the problem. Join us as we discuss how word problems can be used to challenge our students and how we can help our students enhance the skills necessary to meet that challenge.

  • Led by: Jay Todd (English); Tiera Coston (CAT); Andrea Edwards (Computer Science)
  • Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • Time: 12:15 - 1:05 PM
  • Location: Xavier South, Room 209
  • Sponsor: RTLT; CAT

Note: Lunch will be served.

To register: RSVP to Olivia Daniels Crum at

Format: presentation
Event ID: 01233

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