Unit 2: Assessing and Supporting the Development of Students' Metacognition.


Return to Mini-Course Home: Promoting Student Metacognition in the Classroom

Looking Back to Look Ahead

Now that you have a more informed understanding of metacognition and some of its potential benefits as they relate to students and their learning, let's dive a little bit deeper. In this Unit we will explore how to evaluate our students levels of metacognition, if they understand what it means, and if they are engaging in metacognitive practices (Whether they know it or not!). We will also touch upon how many students feel about their learning when they hit a roadblock in their understanding and how if they had strengthened metacognitive skills they may approach this misunderstanding differently than normal.


Please watch the following two videos on metacognitive vs. cognitive learning strategies and the positive effects that metacognition can have on learning if a student is readily able to engage with metacognition.

Video 1: https://youtu.be/HKFOhd5sMEc

Video 2: https://youtu.be/P_b44JaBQ-Q


Add another entry titled “Entry 3” to your Padlet from Unit 1 (Linked Below). In this entry:

  • Reflect upon your teaching and if you can recognize ways in which you support either cognitive practices or metacognitive practices among your learners.
  • Do you immediately acknowledge any strengths or weaknesses in your teaching model as it relates to developing metacognition?
  • Do you feel your students engage in meaningful metacognition even if they don't realize that they are?

Padlet: https://padlet.com/langworthyad/bvax4zpu6c3c73tw


Please read the linked article from the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University. In this article you return to the three important steps in metacognition (Plan, Monitor, and Evaluate) and you will be introduced to some fundamental ways in which we as teachers can promote healthy metacognitive practices among our learners.

Article: https://www.brown.edu/sheridan/teaching-learning-resources/teaching-resources/classroom-practices/promoting-metacognition


Create a final Padlet entry for this unit titled “Entry #4”. After reading the article think about what metacognitive strategies and how they relate to your specific discipline.

  • Are there specific methods of planning, monitoring, or evaluating that you feel work best in your subject area? Are there ones you feel would not be effective?
  • Are there strategies that you feel that could be implemented daily, weekly, etc. to be most effective?
  • What qualities/traits do you think is important for a teacher to have in order to successfully implement metacognitive strategies into their classrooms?

Padlet: https://padlet.com/langworthyad/bvax4zpu6c3c73tw

Moving on to Unit 3!

Unit 3: Implementing Classroom Strategies for Development of Metacognition.