Teaching for Metacognition – Term 4

Course Details

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2024
Time: 8:30am to 4.00pm
Term: Term 4
Location: Level 2, 99 York Street, Sydney
Presenter: Michael Griffin
Price: Individual enrolment $550 +GST

Course Description

This course investigates strategies that develop student agency, independence, responsibility, and engagement.

Metacognitive-supportive teaching has the greatest effect on learning. Metacognition is about active learning. Metacognitive teaching strategies enable students to take a greater role in their learning, enhancing intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, and ultimately, achievement. The best learners are metacognitive, and ALL students can improve their metacognitive approach to learning, but how do teachers foster this? 

Effective teachers foster a metacognitive learning approach, to generate better quality thinking. They want students to feel in control of their learning, to develop the skills and abilities to direct and guide themselves. This is autonomy. Teachers nurture self-efficacy and learning confidence, the core motivator driving human action. The best learners are metacognitive in their approach to learning. This is the outstanding factor that differentiates learners. Teachers who encourage metacognition catalyse in their students intrinsic motivation, curiosity, independence of thought, and desire for challenge.

Mostly, the thinking process is concealed because people have little understanding of how they think. Thinking includes reflection and conscious awareness about what you know, what you do not know, what you should know, and what you want to know. Thinking is an internal conversation weighing up different viewpoints. Learning is a consequence of thinking and generates knowledge. What we do with that knowledge determines wisdom.

The course consists of nine units:

  • 1. Thinking
  • 2. Curiosity
  • 3. Questions
  • 4. Prompts
  • 5. Verbalisation
  • 6. Peer teaching
  • 7. Reflection
  • 8. Writing
  • 9. Flow

Minimum and Max enrolment numbers: 6 – 20

Teaching Standards

This course is NESA Accredited for 6 hours and 30 minutes in partnership with Michael Griffin.

Completing Teaching for Metacognition will contribute 6 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing Standard Descriptors 1.1.2, 3.3.2 and 3.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

1.1. 2 Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.
3.3. 2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.
3.5. 2 Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.

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