THE BIG REVEAL: Showing Students How Metacognition Works
Tricia Taylor wrote this blog is based on her book called Connect the Dots: The Collective Power of Relationships, Memory and Mindset in the classroom.
THE EXPERT IN YOU
When I talk to adults about metacognition, I begin with a broken vacuum cleaner (a picture of it, that is) and ask, ‘What would you do if your hoover didn’t work?’ Someone always says they would kick it, but most people take a more measured approach. They might begin by opening it up to see if anything is caught in it, perhaps checking to see if it’s plugged in or if a fuse is blown. (If not, a kick might be useful. I once fixed a printer that way.) After a while, they might evaluate whether it’s time to buy a new hoover.