Integrating Metacognitive Development in Mathematics Instruction

Catherine Strattner

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Introduction

Welcome to Integrating Metacognitive Development in Mathematics Instruction!

This course will provide an introduction to the construct of metacognition and its value in the instruction of mathematics. The following questions will drive your learning:

  • What is metacognition?
  • How does metacognitive development impact learning in mathematics?
  • What can instructors do to integrate metacognitive development with mathematics instruction?
  • How can technology be incorporated in developing metacognitive skills in mathematics?

The ultimate learning objective for this mini-course is that you will choose to incorporate metacognitive development in mathematics instruction by utilizing the knowledge and techniques in this course within the context of your professional teaching position. As we work towards meeting this objective, you will create a quick reference guide on integrating metacognitive development in mathematics instruction. This guide will serve as a resource for teachers of mathematics.

Enjoy your journey!


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Description

This course is organized into two units which each contain two lessons. You can find the unit and lesson objectives below. In working towards meeting each of these objectives, you will:

  • read various selections
  • watch videos
  • take notes
  • discuss pertinent ideas with your classmates
  • reflect on your learning and the learning of your classmates
  • create a quick reference guide for other teachers of mathematics


To get the most out of this course you must:

  • Read and view all required materials.
  • Actively engage in discussion and reflection.
  • Apply what you are learning in a meaningful way by sharing your new knowledge with others through your quick reference guide.


Any time you see this image, you should write down your thoughts and save them. ThinkWrite.png

I recommend using a marble notebook as a learning journal where you can record your thoughts and notes. However, you may use any method you choose as long as these records will be accessible later in the course. You will also need a folder to keep all printouts.

Unit 1: What is metacognition and how does it impact learning in mathematics?

Unit 1 Objective:

Learners will generate examples of various relationships between each of the major components of the construct of metacognition and issues in learning and instruction of mathematics for deeper understanding.

Lesson 1: What is metacognition?

Lesson 1 Objective:

Learners will identify the two major components of the construct of metacognition as well as their sub-components.

Lesson 2: How does metacognitive development impact learning in mathematics?

Lesson 2 Objective:

Learners will identify real life examples of the major components of the construct of metacognition.

Unit 2: How can I integrate metacognitive development in mathematics instruction and what technological tools can I use?

Unit 2 Objective:

Learners will identify and explain various strategies to develop metacognition in mathematics instruction as well as technological tools that can be utilized during the implementation of these strategies.

Lesson 3: How can metacognitive development be integrated with mathematics instruction?

Lesson 3 Objective:

Learners will generate a list of strategies to develop metacognition in mathematics instruction and explain how and why those strategies will lead to improved outcomes of instruction for deeper understanding.

Lesson 4: What technological tools can be used to integrate metacognitive development in mathematics instruction?

Lesson 4 Objective:

Learners will identify at least 2 different tools that can be utilized to develop metacognition in math instruction and justify the use of these tools in their specific instructional context in writing.