Sunday, November 11, 2012

Teaching Metacognition to Students

It’s no surprise that for many students, thinking about the learning process is an almost foreign concept. At the Teaching Professor blog, Mary Ellen Weimer writes:

Metacognition can be a word that gets in the way of students’ understanding that this “thinking about thinking” is really about their awareness of themselves as learners. Most students don’t spend much time thinking about learning generally or how they learn specifically. In order to become independent, self-directed learners, they need to be able to “orchestrate” their learning. That’s the metaphor the National Research Council uses to describe planning for learning, monitoring it as it occurs, and then evaluating both what has been learned and how it was learned.

Professor Weimer offers suggestions on how to encourage students to think about how best they learn.


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