Critical thinking: Posing questions as feedback on writing
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on April 7, 2014 - 9:05am
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Hello Colleagues, In my experience, I’ve found that asking students to revise the first draft of a piece of writing in response to a set of questions about the content, rather than by marking mistakes, has been effective. I’ve also involved students in providing feedback to their peers – also in the form of questions. We write our questions on sticky notes, and then students revise their writing by responding to the questions on the sticky notes.
In an article found here http://www.nea.org/home/34816.htm, Derek Turner argues that posing a set of questions on a piece of writing can be an effective way to support the development of critical thinking skills. I think Turner makes an excellent point. The process of writing questions for peers also provides learners with the opportunity to enhance their skills as critical thinkers, so both the writers and the peer reviewers use and refine critical thinking skills in the process.
What do you think about posing questions about writing as a way to support and enhance critical thinking skills? Have you used peer review? How has that worked in your class?
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