Weekly Digest #95: Metacognition
Metacognition refers broadly to thinking about your thinking. Within the education realm, metacognition has been used to argue for a wide variety of various activities, which may extend beyond the research evidence. Nevertheless, we have argued before that metacognition is important and can be utilized in the classroom, but today we provide a list of resources that further describe the research that demonstrates the benefits of metacognition as well as concrete classroom applications.
1) Boosting Metacognition through In-Class Assessments by Jen McCabe @improvewmetacog
In this blog post, Jen McCabe describes how she used metacognition through “Knowledge, Connection, and Application” quizzes and the feedback that she received from students. While this blog post provides an excellent example of utilizing metacognition to improve student learning, there are many posts worth reading on this site.
2) Strategies for Teaching Metacognition in Classrooms by David Owen and Alvin Vista @alvin_vista
In this article, the authors argue that metacognition is a teachable skill, which is how it is often described in the education world (and slightly different than the process we discuss in cognitive psychology). They provide a brief description of the research supporting their recommendations, which can be applied to students of all ages.
3) Meta-Learning: The Importance of Thinking about Learning by Maya Bialik @MayaBialik
In this post, Maya Bialik breaks down the various components of metacognition and how they can be applied to the classroom. She provides some concrete suggestions as well as a lengthy list of background research to support her claims.
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