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Building a Toolkit for Supporting Metacognition in the Classroom: Lessons from Middle School Science Teachers

Event date: Tuesday, February 05, 2013, from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: CTE - UNH 3030

Building a Toolkit for Supporting Metacognition in the Classroom: Lessons from Middle School Science Teachers [Event Flyer]

Enacting metacognition in the classroom is no small feat. Students can resist this kind of thinking because it’s effortful. And as instructors, most of us have had little training on how to support students to think metacognitively. I’ve been conducting research in science classrooms to examine how a small group of teachers “spontaneously”—with no researcher support and in their natural environments—support students’ metacognitive thinking. Close analyses of the videotaped lessons suggest that by looking across teachers, we can actually start identifying very specific ways of supporting students’ metacognition and other forms of higher order thinking—through every day classroom interactions, with no (or few) bells and whistles. In essence, pooled together, these different strategies can be the beginnings of a toolkit for metacognitively-supportive teaching practices. In this talk, I will present this research and then we will discuss applications to our own practice.

This presentation is part of Vandana Thadani's CTE Faculty Associate Project on Learning and Teaching Environments that Foster Transfer.

ECHO Recording

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.