A group of faculty at the University of Calgary share a framework for growth of teaching expertise that demonstrates that “teaching expertise involves multiple facets, habits of mind (or ways of knowing and being), and possible developmental activities.” They share this framework with the hope that others will share, adapt and use it in their own local contexts. The full paper is also available. Note that they also refer to is as a “framework for self-reflection” for faculty, which means it can be used to support metacognitive instruction.
Dr. Lauren Scharff argues that instructors should more often and more explicitly share Bloom’s taxonomy, and perhaps even more importantly, share how it can be applied by students to raise their awareness of learning expectations for different assignments and guide their choice of learning strategies. A handout is provided that walks students through a series of questions that help them apply Bloom’s as a guide for their learning and academic efforts.
In this Teaching with Metacognition resource post Charles Sweet and his colleagues share how the use of mind mapping / concept mapping can support metacognition and be used to enhance learning.
Michael Young shares a metacognition-promoting activity for the writing classroom that uses active presentations by others to convey audience interpretation.
Nicola Simmons shares how a participatory pedagogy combined with reflection can increase students’ engagement in their learning process.
Jennifer McCabe shares how she structured her course around principles from Make It Stick and developed her students’ metacognition skills.
Patrick Cunningham shares keys to his success in his transformation in becoming a student of learning to better support his own students’ learning.
Dana Melone shares a metacognitive concept chart activity she has developed and successfully used to support her students’ learning.
Sarah Robinson shares best practices and an assignment that prompts students to compare their first and final lab writing assignments to become aware of their own development.
In this Teaching with Metacognition example, Lara Watkins shares how to use a a series of mid-course reflections to support continuous course improvement.
Blake Harvard shares metacognitive retrieval practice exercises that help develop his students’ awareness of their own learning.
Hillary Steiner shares an assignment that develops time management, communication, and study strategies in the process of preparing for an actual test.
Dennis Carpenter shares a series of metacognitive assignments that help his students focus on learning strategies and dealing with computer distractions.
Mary Herbert shares two course assignments that help students build awareness of the importance of soft skills and set goals to develop them.
John Draeger shares a series of metacognitive reading reflection questions that help students become aware of their thinking and develop deeper conceptual understanding.
Melissa EblenZayas shares “metacognitive support activities in the form of written reflections and class discussions to help students develop better approaches to dealing with challenges that arise in open-ended experimental work in an advanced lab course in physics.”
Derek Martinez shares two activities he uses to help students better self-assess their understanding prior to taking exams.
David Woods and Beth Dietz share how they use weekly status reports to “prompt the planning and evaluation aspects of metacognitive regulation.”
Jessica Santangelo shares how she promotes metacognitive development through the use of multiple opportunities to practice a specific reasoning process.
This article by Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Ph.D., shares the implementation of metacognitive activities in an advanced Physics lab. She reports that “the introduction of metacognitive activities in an advanced lab where the laboratory work is not carefully scripted may improve students’ enthusiasm for experimental work and confidence in their ability to be successful in such work.”