Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas

Research suggests that metacognition is key to higher student achievement, but studies of classroom practice indicate that few students are taught to use metacognition and the supporting cognitive strategies that make learning easier. You can teach metacognition to your students, so why wouldn’t you? This book shows you how.

Metacognition is a tool that helps students unlock their brain’s amazing power and take control of their learning. Educational researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers have been exploring and using the explicit teaching of metacognition for years, and in this book they share a practical way to teach preK–12 students how to drive their brains by promoting the following practices:

  • Adopt an optimistic outlook toward learning,
  • Set goals,
  • Focus their attention,
  • Monitor their progress, and
  • Engage in practices that enhance cognitive flexibility.

Wilson and Conyers explain metacognition and how it equips students to meet today’s rigorous education standards. They present a unique blend of useful metaphors, learning strategies, and instructional tips you can use to teach your students to be the boss of their brains. Sample lessons show these ideas in a variety of classroom settings, and sections on professional practice help you incorporate these tools (and share them with colleagues and parents) so that you are teaching for and with metacognition.

Product Features

  • Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains Metacognitive Strategies Activities and Lesson Ideas

Get More Information On Our Website…


|| Comments

    By Hanna on December 02, 2017

    Wonderful Resource in the World of Metacognition

    By Susan O. Stevens on December 02, 2017

    Be the Driver, not the Passenger

    By Anonymous on December 02, 2017

    The book touches on various aspects of metacognition: Brain Plasticity, Practical Optimism to Improve Motivation, Goal Setting (the best one in my view), Maintaining Attention, Self-Monitoring and Learning with Peers. There are actionable steps given in each chapter. Also, in each chapter, there is a section to help you use the material presented in your own professional practice. As with most K-12 books, there is a good part of the book that you will not use. The examples for high school were…

Leave a Reply