Teaching Strategies for Metacognition

Using Metacognition to Promote Learning

IDEA Paper #63 by Barbara J. Milils from the University of Texas at San Antonio

Metacognition is, at its simplest, the process of thinking about thinking. However, this process goes much deeper than this as we consider factors such as planning (and pre/post planning) efforts that go into allowing students to understand their thinking.

A number of strategies are posed for allowing students the chance at greater metacognition:

  1. Implementing activities to promote metacognition
  2. Quizzes and examinations to promote metacognition
  3. Essay Tests, analysis of test results
  4. Complex activities
  5. Activities during a lesson

These strategies represent only a few of the many ways to promote metacognition within the classroom.

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