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

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 Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson IdeasIf the difference between a student’s success and failure were something specific you could teach, wouldn’t you?

Metacognition is exactly that—a tool that helps students unlock their brain’s amazing power and take control of their learning. Education researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers have been exploring and using the explicit teaching of metacognition for years.

“Teaching for metacognition involves guiding students to become self-reflective, self-directed learners who understand why, how, when, and where to use metacognitive and cognitive strategies,” write Wilson and Conyers.

In their recent book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, they share a practical way to teach preK–12 students how to drive their brains by promoting the following practices:

  • Helping students adopt an optimistic outlook on learning.
  • Setting goals for students.
  • Focusing students’ attention.
  • Monitoring students’ progress.
  • Engaging students in practices that enhance their cognitive flexibility.

Wilson and Conyers present useful metaphors, learning strategies, and instructional tips that you can use to teach your students to be the boss of their brains.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book shows you how to teach metacognition to your students. Learn more about Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains or order a copy in print or e-book format in the ASCD Store.