Filling the tool box (1)

Procedural Metacognitive Knowledge "If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail." Abraham Maslow How many of us have had students say, "I thought I understood it but then I couldn't do the exam question"?  This is often a result of the inability of a student to apply their knowledge … Continue reading Filling the tool box (1)

A little better all the time

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Confucius This autumn, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I improve my practice as a teacher. Literacy has been on my mind for a number of years, first as a member of a school literacy group and more recently after hearing Amada … Continue reading A little better all the time

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

Part 1: An introduction to metacognition “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” Albert Camus What is metacognition? Metacognition is commonly divided into two components: metacognitive knowledge and metacognitive reflections [Quigley 2018].  Metacognitive knowledge refers to what learners know about learning and this may be broken down further into knowledge of self, knowledge of … Continue reading How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

Curriculum: The why, the what and the when

"We ask questions about the world, and we make our answers, and we build and treasure our knowledge over generations." Ruth Walker [2019] A colleague recently asked me to recommend some articles for faculty leaders to read when planning their curriculum. I thought I would share it here, in case it was of interest to … Continue reading Curriculum: The why, the what and the when

#CogSciSci 2019 to do list

Goal-free effect: Adam Robbins, @MrARobbins, https://reflectionsinscience.wordpress.com/ What is it? The goal of this problem might be to find the length of CB. A goal-free task would be to ask students to calculate as many of the unknowns as they could [Sweller 1998]. The goal-free approach reduces the amount of extraneous cognitive load from holding the … Continue reading #CogSciSci 2019 to do list