Monday, October 10, 2016

Our Work on Metacognition Is Featured in Education Week

Marcus and I were among a select group of educators whose work and comments were featured in an important multi-part series on the subject of metacogntion in the classroom, which appeared in the popular and highly regarded publication Education Week.

Our comments appear in Part 2 of the five-part series, which gave us the opportunity to share insights into our groundbreaking work on metacognition. In the article, we made the point that teaching for and with metacognition is vital for educators who espouse a growth mindset.

We also explained how the concept of metacognition can be effectively communicated by encouraging students to “drive their brains.” This metaphor is the basis for our latest book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas.

“We developed this metaphor as a concrete and engaging way to encourage students to take charge of enhancing their knowledge and abilities,” we told Education Week. We also described how modeling metacognition is an effective strategy for helping students achieve higher-order thinking and also stressed how metacognition is useful in various aspects of life, from academic pursuits to interactions with family and friends.

“Even young children can begin to think about their thinking at basic levels and use simple metacognitive strategies to regulate their behaviors and thinking,” Marcus and I commented.

Read the entire article at the Education Week website.

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