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Metacognition - what is it anyway?

Dutton Institute Latest Blog Post - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:28

Metacognition is one of those education buzz words we hear when folks are talking about teaching and learning, but what is it and is this something I should be adding to my classroom?  The simple answer is yes. Metacognition, simply put, is the ability to reflect on what you know and what you don’t. Students that capitalize on metacognition are able to recognize when they don’t know something and fill in the gaps by relearning or practicing a skill to become proficient.

Metacognition - what is it anyway?

Dutton Fac Dev Blog - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:28

Metacognition is one of those education buzz words we hear when folks are talking about teaching and learning, but what is it and is this something I should be adding to my classroom?  The simple answer is yes. Metacognition, simply put, is the ability to reflect on what you know and what you don’t. Students that capitalize on metacognition are able to recognize when they don’t know something and fill in the gaps by relearning or practicing a skill to become proficient.

Adding engagement to your classroom

Dutton Institute Latest Blog Post - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:18

To ensure that learning is engaging find teaching methods that provide opportunities for students that are authentic, are inquiry-based, leave room for collaboration, and leverage technology to help students have the best experience. (Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 2014). The strategies listed here are all ways to add engagement in a student-centered manner.  All of these options are examples of active learning. 

Adding engagement to your classroom

Dutton Fac Dev Blog - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:18

To ensure that learning is engaging find teaching methods that provide opportunities for students that are authentic, are inquiry-based, leave room for collaboration, and leverage technology to help students have the best experience. (Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 2014). The strategies listed here are all ways to add engagement in a student-centered manner.  All of these options are examples of active learning. 

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