Research Conversations: Metacognition

Author: Leader in Me
March 18, 2024


In this episode of Change Starts Here: Research Conversations, cognitive neuroscientist Eve Miller, Ph.D, and former educators Jennifer Chevalier, Ed.D. and Kim Yaris, M.Ed. delve into the importance of metacognition. They discuss its impact on learning, adaptability, and overall well-being.


Metacognition is the process of reflecting on and regulating one’s own thoughts, utilizing creative problem-solving and decision-making skills. It involves applying knowledge and imagination to develop innovative solutions. 

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  • Encourage Reflective Thinking: Ask students to reflect on their learning process and outcomes.
  • Implement Self-Assessment: Use self-assessment tools to help learners evaluate their understanding and strategies.
  • Promote Mindfulness Practices: Integrate mindfulness exercises to enhance metacognitive awareness.
  • Encourage Positive Self-Talk: Guide students to engage in constructive internal dialogues.
  • Teach Self-Questioning Techniques: Implement techniques for students to question their understanding and strategies during learning and assessments.
  • Promote Metacognitive Awareness: Help students recognize their cognitive strengths, weaknesses, and preferences.

More Information

Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom | Edutopia 

This article from Edutopia discusses the development of self-awareness and metacognition in children and its importance for learning and relationship building. It covers various strategies for improving students’ metacognitive abilities. 

Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning

This guidance report was developed for educators to distill the most empirically based practices for developing metacognition in the classroom. It is a fantastic resource for everyone who supports students learning. 

Ten Metacognitive Strategies for the MFL Classroom

This article provides some simple to implement strategies for developing metacognition and through this link you are connected to The Global Metacognition Institute that offers many free resources for educators.

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