Monday, May 11, 2015

Metacognition and Physics, a fun duo

     This week for our flipclass chat session is about how we incorporate metacognition, or think about how they think.  I like this topic because it is something I feel I do quite well.  I have always verbally modeled this in my classes even before I started flipping.  I would verbalize how I do all of the math problems.  I would also make mistakes in some of the problems and hope the students would catch me.  They did and really enjoyed watching the process and trying to "catch" me making mistakes.
     Another thing I have always done is at the end of lab activities I have asked my students the following questions:  1.  What did you learn from this activity?  2.  What did you like about this activity?  3.  What would you change about this activity?  When I ask these I tell the students to be honest because I listen to what they suggest and will use their information in future years.
     When I started flipping the classroom it led to more time for in class conversations which extended on my previous questions.  I ask the students to reflect on the essential questions of a video, basically the learning targets, and discuss the targets the students have the most questions about.  I also was introduced to the STEM model which encouraged more redesign of the project during the process, which also increases metacognition.
     Another way I use metacognition, which is a lot of fun, is finding students who have different answers and have them discuss, with the class, which is right and which is wrong.  The students what me to tell them what the right answer is,but I find the conversation between two conflicting answers brings out misconceptions faster and fosters an environment for more open communication.
     I think that having students think about what they learned and what they would change and why is a valuable skill and one that I am working on improving and enjoying working on it.  I would be interested to see how others use metacognition and what strategies they use.
     Thanks for reading my post.  I would enjoy a conversation about this topic with other knowledgeable educators.

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