Metacognition Made Easy
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
On the drive home after school, I will often reflect on the teaching day. I think about how today’s lessons went, what worked well and what definitely did not go according to plan and I reflect on how I can improve my practice for tomorrow.
Metacognition, a fancy pants word that describes the process of thinking about your thinking, is key for today’s learner. This practice does not come naturally to most students and is something that needs to be modelled, fostered and supported by teachers and peers. In order for students to take their thinking to the next level they must be given opportunities to reflect. This is key especially when completing coding and computational thinking tasks. Here are some reflection cards/prompts I use in the classroom to get my students talking and reflecting. The reflection cards were designed to be a prompt to tune students in and out of a lesson. Most of the cards are generic and can be used across other curriculum areas.
Metacognition, a fancy pants word that describes the process of thinking about your thinking, is key for today’s learner.
Tuning In – In our last session on ______ what were some of your discoveries?
Lay cards on the floor and students select one they would like to talk about
Exit reflection – What could you do differently if you had your time again?
Use a card as an activity driver. For example, Smash Up or the BARR card
From our last lesson in ________ what were some of your discoveries?
What could you do differently if you had your time again?
Time to Reflect:
How often do you model metacognitive practices as a teacher to students? Are the share sessions in my class, a recount of the learning or a reflection?