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Think!: Metacognition-powered Primary Teaching

Think!: Metacognition-powered Primary Teaching

January 2022 | 256 pages | Corwin UK

The perfect guide to help you embed metacognitive approaches to your teaching.

What is metacognition and how can you use it in your teaching? Metacognition – being aware of our own ways of thinking – is popular in education, but it is not always obvious how it links to teaching practice and how to teach it explicitly. This book translates meaningful concepts from research literature not only into practical strategies to try in your classroom but also gives you the opportunity to reflect on metacognitive strategies that you already use.

Key topics include:

  • Metacognitive strategies in a range of subjects, including English and mathematics
  • Dismantling metacognitive misconceptions
  • How to use metacognition to improve test performance
  • The importance of developing a growth mindset
  • How to develop self-regulation in the classroom

Chapter 1: The use of research in teaching
Chapter 2: What is metacognition and self-regulated learning?
Chapter 3: The impact of metacognition
Chapter 4: Metacognition and mindsets
Chapter 5: Metacognitive misconceptions
Chapter 6: Metacognition and the learning environment
Chapter 7: Metacognition, homework and remote learning
Chapter 8: Metacognitive strategies in English
Chapter 9: Metacognitive strategies in maths
Chapter 10: Metacognitive strategies across the curriculum
Chapter 11: Improving test performance using metacognition
Chapter 12: Metacognition and P4C
Chapter 13: Metacognition, Schema and memory development in the curriculum
Chapter 14: Metacognition and assessment

Being aware of our own ways of thinking; that's what metacognition is but do we have a firm grasp of what it actually means? In this unusually detailed, impeccably researched and passionately written text, Anoara Mughal has really encouraged us to think about thinking.  Anoara takes thinking beyond the conceptual into the practical and this book helps us address metacognition not as something to be frightened of but something to embrace in assembling and supporting opportunities for learning in our classrooms. Written with reference to the Teachers Standards and Early Career Framework, this book is ideal for anyone wishing to develop their understanding of the thinking processes at work in their classrooms and indeed in their staff rooms as they continue to help our young people to be the best that they can be. Readily accessible and digestible in bite sized chunks, ‘Think!’ will support individual teacher development as well as inform whole school continual professional development for many years to come.

Andrew Cowley
Wellbeing author, coach and speaker

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