Thinking about thinking
November 29, 2018, 12:04 pm
Filed under: Headteacher

A current education buzzword is “metacognition”, i.e. thinking about thinking. It has come to prominence in schools because research tells us that, after the quality of marking and feedback, it  is the most influential thing schools can encourage to improve learning- of greater impact than, say, class size, correct wearing of uniform or quality of resources.

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/teaching-learning-toolkit/meta-cognition-and-self-regulation/

One thing we have been doing is to try to frame our lessons not as having an “objective” i.e. today we are learning about rivers, but as questions- e.g. why do rivers flow downhill? where do they flow? what and where on a map are the longest U.K. rivers?

I have been asking our children what is the impact of this: they tell me… 

Y3:
It keeps me on task.

I concentrate.

It makes me have more fun.

It keeps you interested.

It made me interested because we are a lovely class.

Y4

It makes me concentrate because it makes me think deep inside it.

I want to find out the answer so I listen more.

It makes you ask more questions.

You listen more to find the answer.

It makes you ask more questions and you will listen more.

I understand it a bit better.

It makes me think and listen more.

It makes you get lots of questions in your head.

It makes me carry on with the lesson to learn more.

Y5

You concentrate on answering the question.

It makes me concentrate because the task itself is a question.

It makes lessons easier because the question is the task.

It makes me concentrate more because I am eager to find out the answer.

Y6

It made me concentrate more because I really want to find the answer to the question.

We listen more to find the answer to the questions.

It has made us work harder.

E.g. how do we make a light bulb brighter… it has made me focus more on the question.

It made me concentrate more because I wanted to find out.

This helps me because I get to recap on it and go back.

It makes you concentrate more because you work towards answering the question as the goal of the lesson.

It helps me concentrate because I am only focusing on one thing.






  1.    DAWN ANN HOLDEN 11.29.18 @ 7:31 pm      

    Very interesting





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