This forum only began this week and unfortunately it’s only 1 week long, so it will be ending very quickly. I’ve learned that cognition is the process of one’s thinking and metacognition is the process of thinking about one’s thinking. This is a good article on Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving. Students that have the ability to think about their thoughts with the aim of improving their learning are a enjoyable to teach. This article uses the metaphor that students learning cognitive and metacognitive strategies offers them tools to “drive their brains”. Students are more conscious, reflective and aware of their progress along their learning path. I like how the article specifically breaks down strategies for encouraging metacognition in students. Many great techniques are pointed out including allowing students to choose which topics they want to study and defining metacognition.
Here’s a video on A Focus on Teaching: Metacognition. It involves questions like “How do I better on my test?” Instead of replying “study harder”, it involves teaching students to recognize what they know and what they don’t know. This focuses on the gap between knowing the material and applying the material. First you have to learn the facts before you can apply the concept of metacognition. Here’s an image of a breakdown of metacognition. I found it very helpful.
Here’s a video involving Incorporating Metacognition Strategies Into the Classroom. It’s a good explanation video.
This discussion forum on thinking about your thinking involves a lot of thinking. I like to ask students to challenge some of the ideas or concepts that are given to them. It makes them think. We often have a discussion on a particular topic, students leave for the day and we have another discussion the next day. Students have had a chance to further reflect on their learning, research the topic some more and then reflect on their thinking and share all of this in the class. It’s great.
Doug posted this great video on A Brief Intro to Metacognition. It’s a very short, concise video that definitely could be used to encourage some classroom discussion afterwards. It identifies key words such as reflection, awareness, knowledge, management, mindfulness, evaluation, critical and creative thinking.