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Teaching Metacognition (A Short Resource List)

A short list of metacognitive resources for educators. 

Metacognitive Strategies for Reading Comprehension - The Educator’s PLN

How the Internet is Shaping Our “Global Brain” - Tiffany Shlain - Harvard Business Review

Metacognition -

BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks - YouTube

Teaching Metacognition: The Value of Thinking About Thinking

Teaching Metacognition



CAL: Digests:The Role of Metacognition in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Filed under Teaching Learning Metacognition Student-centered Learning

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Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer designed a study that neatly highlights how being curious can transform anxiety. She asked a group of volunteers to give unprepared speeches to an audience, and at the same time randomly assigned them to one of three groups. The first group was told not to make mistakes because ‘mistakes are bad’. The second group was told that any mistakes they made would be forgiven. And the third group (in the so-called ‘openness to novelty’ condition) was told they should deliberately make mistakes, then incorporate those mistakes into the speech itself.

The speakers in the last group not only declared themselves more comfortable, their audience also rated them the most composed, effective and intelligent of the three. Langer’s experiment demonstrated that if we can shift our focus from what scares us to what interests us, our inhibitions fall away.

This came from an article in Psychologies, “Curiosity: the secret to your success”. The implications of this simple study on education, teaching, and education policy seem obvious and apparent: cultivating curiosity & creating environments safe for uncertainty & mistake making will help both students and teachers be more confident and open to learning. 

Filed under Educaiton Curiosity Education Policy Teaching Learning

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A Challenge for RiShawn


You contend that “teachers are treated very well” and cite a healthy paycheck and a robust pension as evidence. I am intrigued by this position.  

So here is my challenge to you: 

1. In order to characterize teachers as being “treated very well” there must be other examples besides the ample paycheck & pension to substantiate this position. Can you provide some? Extra credit if you can find teachers (retired ones are fine) who support the claim that we are “treated very well” overall.   

2. Find an example (or multiple ones if possible) of teachers and/or the teaching profession being positively characterized by major media outlets in the last 6-12 months, examples that make teachers proud to be teachers.     

Because I see you as an intelligent and well educated person who is very well informed, I have no doubt you’ll find quality examples. I look forward to what you are able to come up with. Cheers. 

Filed under Education teaching teachers Education Reform