Metacognition refers to how learners think about and monitor their own knowledge, a process which has been shown to improve students’ learning. Metacognitive skills involve assessing the demands of a task, evaluating one’s own knowledge and skills, planning an approach, monitoring one’s progress, and adjusting strategies as needed to complete the task. One metacognitive attitude that has received a lot of attention recently is the “growth mindset.” In this workshop, we we will discuss ideas for helping our students cultivate a growth mindset and other metacognitive skills. What kinds of instructional activities can we use to pursue those goals? We will learn how to blend metacognitive skill instruction with content instruction by using a variety of different strategies.
Facilitated by Timothy Aylsworth, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Fulfills Certificate Requirement: Syllabus and Course Design or Elective