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

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

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

Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

ISBN: 141662211X

Author: Donna Wilson


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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.