This years teaching and learning ‘hot topic’, but what’s it all about? Metacognitive approaches aim to help pupils think about their own learning using strategies for planning, monitoring and evaluating. Metacognition and self-regulated learning is high impact but very low cost.
As a teacher of Technology, I found that Metacognitive skills were already being taught to students within our general classroom practice. Technology teachers regularly model solutions, peers teach each other new skills and students analyse their progress on a regular basis. However, I started to develop whole school solutions, looking specifically at resources that could be implemented as starters/plenaries. The ideas below can be adapted for use in multiple subjects, age ranges and settings!
Self-regulated learning can be broken into three essential components:
- Cognition – the mental process involved in knowing, understanding & learning.
- Metacognition – often defined as ‘learning to learn’.
- Motivation – willingness to engage our metacognitive and cognitive skills.
I’ve created a ‘Metacognition Bundle Pack‘, available for free download below. The pack includes an overview presentation (for inset/CPD), 8 editable resources and the A3 classroom poster (featured above).
Editable Bundle Pack: DOWNLOAD