Monday, March 7, 2016

10 Anchor Charts for Metacognition

Hiya! Happy Monday! Metacognition is a hot topic in Education right now! But what is it and how can you implement it easily? Well I am here to help you today!

For the easiest way to incorporate something into my classroom quickly, easily and cheaply is using an anchor chart! {I might LOVE making anchor charts too!} Anchor charts make thinking visible and aid in instruction, classroom management and more!


First off what is metacognition? Metacognition is awareness and understanding of one's own thinking. Well if anchor charts make thinking visible what better way to teach metacognition?!?!?!?

First up anchor charts that introduce metacognition to students. As a teacher I would create one of these at the beginning of the year, or after the PD in which you are told to start increasing Metacognition {wink}.




Signs of Confusion from A Literate Life

Then I would take metacognition into my subject areas. Reading seems to be a natural place to start!




However Math is also a great place to use metacognition. I find the more students use metacognition in math the better they are at explaining their thinking and solving tougher problems.

Mistakes a Free Poster Download from Newell's Nook
Newell's Nook features this colorful poster with the acronym MATH: Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen. It is a tool for teachers who teach growth mindset in their classrooms and support students in seeing the power of mistakes in the learning process.  It's a reminder that all mathematical thinking is valuable and can help us learn!:


Students analyze the mistakes they make in math... Great thinking! from Math is Elementary (blog):

And finally evaluation their learning, wether before they turn in a paper or how well they understand a new topic.


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I always used a 1-5 scale that the students can show on their fingers.

I hope this has helped you to add some metacognition awareness into your classroom! Have a great day!

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