Metacognition

I came across a useful article on the VESPA Mindset twitter feed entitled “Strategies for teaching metacognition in classrooms.” Metacognition is thinking about thinking and can be used to improve student learning. The following is quoted from the article “Recent shifts in pedagogy have emphasised the importance of encouraging students to figure out how to be independent, self-regulated learners. The teacher cannot be there to hold their hand beyond school. This demands that students reflect on their learning in meaningful ways. It also requires students to be critical analysts of their own thinking in order to overcome complex or unexpected problems.” Continue reading

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Preparing Students for Exams

By Matt Smith

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Superb blog here that shows some ways to help students prepare for exams.  I have used very similar approach with some of my classes and found it to be very effective.

http://johntomsett.com/2015/04/24/this-much-i-know-about-what-really-works-when-preparing-students-for-their-examinations/

A Brief Follow Up on Meta-Cognition

By Matt Smith

Following up from my recent blog on Meta- Cognition here is a brief update that seems to give some support to how useful it could be.  I am  continuing to try the original idea and will report back any findings.

Update Link

http://johntomsett.com/2015/02/13/this-much-i-know-about-the-golden-thread-from-evidence-to-student-outcomes/

Original Blog Link

https://whatseemstowork.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/meta-cognition-what-i-am-thinking-about-in-an-exam/

Meta-Cognition: What I am thinking about in an exam

By Matt Smith

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I am always telling my students to use the information in the case study when answering an essay question.  There are so many posters and clues that can help guide their answer.  However, many do not make full use of the case study in an exam situation.  I came across this post by John Tompsett which explains a way to tackle this problem. He simply annotated a case study with what he was thinking and so showed his students how they could use the information given. Continue reading