Category Archives: Teaching Thinking – Metacognition, Problem Solving

Teaching Students to Ask Questions

“Students learn to ask questions by asking questions. Students learn to ask good questions by asking questions and then receiving feedback on them. Students learn to become scholars by learning to ask good questions.” Marshall Brain. (1998) The Importance of … Continue reading

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Really Big Resource – Solve a Teaching Problem

Solve a Teaching Problem by Carnegie Mellon University Here’s a valuable site from Carnegie Mellon University that provides practical strategies to address common teaching problems. It has you identify a teaching problem and possible causes and then provides you with … Continue reading

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About Visible Learning

In his book, Visible Learning (2009), John Hattie summarizes 15 years of research in to what works to improve learning outcomes in school. He collated the results of over 50,000 studies and, from that, produced a list of over 100 … Continue reading

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Metacognition and American Idol – really!

“Poor metacognition is a big part of incompetence. People who are incompetent typically do not realize how incompetent they are. People who aren’t funny at all think they are hilarious…A lot of reality shows like American Idol highlight people with … Continue reading

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Metacognitive Study Skills

If you’re looking for ways to actually apply metacognitive strategies to enhance learning outcomes, read this article. It’s a gold mine of information about how to recognize metacognitive errors and how to fix them. It discusses problems with learning as … Continue reading

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Metacognitive Learning Skills Factsheet

This fact sheet provides a brief discussion about metacognition, dividing metacognitive knowledge in to three categories: Person variables: What you know about your own strengths and weaknesses in learning and processing information. Task variables: What you know about the demands … Continue reading

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What is metacognition?

In this article, Michael Martinez clarifies what metacognition is, explores the different dimensions of metacognition and presents ideas about how to teach metacognitive skills. He presents a taxonomy of metacognition that really clarifies the different dimensions of metacognition. He divides … Continue reading

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Emotions and Thinking

When this topic first came up, I thought immediately it would be all about how to handle emotional students, but instead we delved in to how emotions play a role in not only how you learn, but how you think. … Continue reading

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Problem Solving – Worthwhile Problems

Developing problem solving skills is a fundamental part of learning math. This article explores the issues around teaching problem solving in the math classroom, pointing out that students learn problem solving skills slowly but that problem solving skills should be … Continue reading

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Metacognition in Action

“If we don’t ‘think about our thinking,’ we won’t learn from our mistakes or from our successes. We’ll always start from scratch when we face a problem. By using metacognition, we’ll be able to more effectively apply what we learn … Continue reading

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