Metacognition is commonly called Learning to Learn or Thinking About Thinking. Metacognition is the thinking behind our strategies, including 'which strategy should I choose and why', or 'I need to change strategy because'. I like to think of it as the little voice in your head which helps you guide your cognitive choices, using your knowledge of the task, strategies available and previous successes (and failures).
Half a century of research has shown how much of a positive impact Metacognitive teaching can have.
Research by the Education Endowment Foundation has shown that Metacognitive teaching can boost student attainment by an additional 7 months. This is the second most impactful strategy you can introduce to your teaching.
False. Research has shown that lower attaining students can also benefit as much, if not more, than higher attaining students.
Everybody is Metacognitive, so unless they are taught how to do it well, individuals will always struggle, regardless of whether they are high attaining or low attaining.
False (again). Metacognition has been shown to improve the performance of all different ethnic, social, economic and age groups. The methods detailed on this website have worked across the world, for primary children through to adult learners of any age, gender, location and economic status.
This theory really IS that powerful...
Metacognition IS complicated. That is why this site was produced and free CPD uploaded, to provide teachers with an easy 'in' to the theory and provide them with a large range of strategies and resources to introduce into their teaching straight away.
You already might do, but it never hurts to refine your practise and to gather a few extra resources and strategies to support your practise.
7 months additional progress for your students over a 12 month period. You really don't want that?
Over the past two years I've been living and breathing Metacognition. Whether it has been researching the latest papers, delivering CPD or writing up Masters assignments. However, if Metacognition is so helpful (and trust me, it is) then why is it not seen in classrooms? Why are there no accessible resources on it? That is where metacognition.org.uk comes in.
metacognition.org.uk has a huge amount of offer!
Teaching staff have access to a wide range of CPD training videos and resources, all for free.
Students have access to L2L and metacognition videos and resources too.
Parents have access to videos to help them best support their children in school.
- Why not use the videos as part of your school CPD?
- These videos could support your own personal CPD.
-Free resources to help you implement these new strategies and reducing your workload.
- Use the L2L and Metacognition videos as homework for students.
-Train up students to understand the theory as you begin to implement it in the classroom.
-Learn how you can best support your children.
Running this site is incredibly expensive. I don't mind about the time it takes, but it does rather drain my pockets! Any donations towards the running costs would be much appreciated. We have kept all videos and resources free to ensure that they are accessible for all. Thank you.