Hawker Brownlow Education

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

Author: Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers

Availability: In Stock

Code: 117002

ISBN: 9781760560812

No of Pages: 148

Publish date: 27/01/2017

Price: $32.95


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 books shows you

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 preF–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.

Guiding students to become more metacognitive in their
learning is consistent with the Every Student Succeeds Act, which seeks to
improve excellence and equity in all schools. With that in mind, Wilson and
Conyers explain metacognition and how it also 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.