Just like any teacher, your passion is helping your students to learn and prepare for their future. Part of that responsibility is teaching students how to become life-long learners. Using metacognitive strategies in your classroom can help to bring out the inner teacher in your students.
Think about the last time you took on learning something new: a new job, a new craft or hobby, a new skill. As you sat down as a complete novice, you probably already thought about what it would look like and feel like to be successful.
As adults, we do this often. We think about what we want out of our new experiences, and we choose them based on some kind of motivator. Whether we want a better salary, we want a new pastime, or we need to fix up our house, we dive into learning because we are driven.
As parents, we want to hear our students talk about their school day, but often our standard question doesn’t lend itself to what we really want to hear.
Asking students, “What did you do today?” returns answers like, “We played outside. We had gym. We made a volcano.” Statements like these tell you a little about what transpired throughout their day, but it doesn’t get to the meat of the story.