WHAT is metacognition
- active control and awareness of the learning process
WHY is it important?
- proven to accelerate student progress
- improve self confidence
- improve self esteem
- engage every learner (especially learning support)
- creates a community of learners
- wider range of support network
- acknowledges learning is hard work
- promotes active learning rather than passive
- less teacher work
- reflects future focused pedagogy
- skills for life long learning
HOW could I teach it?
- Teach children about how the brain learns new information (fixed, growth)
- Own the learning - is this my best, did I seek new ideas, research, am I showing respect in my learning, did I seek ideas from others to build on my ideas?
- Seek emotional connections to promote more learning - how does that make you feel? what can you now do? how could you now help someone else?
- Reflective questioning - questioning that will help them recognise the part that required new learning - what was the tricky part? what do you now know that you didn’t know before? how can you use this is a different way? Who has learnt something new from (student sharing)?
- Teach the language of critical thinking at the top end - analysis, synthesis, evaluation,
- Creative expression of reflections - Scaffolding questions that support the how rather than the what they learned, considering what conditions supported their learning.
- When requiring active listening for new information set the conditions - share 3 main points, share what your buddy tells you,
- think about their own thinking / beliefs - pose provocations / conjectures that challenge their current beliefs, relevant and purposeful
- Think, Model, and Apply inquiry mindset - team teaching is a great opportunity to model this process in context
- Thinkers keys - great srl activities
- Value and believe that children can learn how to learn, that their voice empowers and inspires new learning - when and how does this happen in your learning space? PP wonder wall, question wall for peer support,
- Consider ways you can capture student voice, thinking, beliefs, ideas at every opportunity - guided teaching groups, SRL, modelling books, video diaries, collaborative activities online -
WHEN can I fit it in?
- in everything you do
- it is what we do it is not another thing to do