“Cognition” is another word for “thinking”. Metacognition, then, is thinking about your own thinking. Cynthia Brame at Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching has this terrific quote by John Flavell in her post, Thinking About Metacognition:
I am engaging in metacognition if I notice that I am having more trouble learning A than B. John Flavell (1976)
Metacognition is thinking about your own thinking.
More grad students and postdocs want to take the course we teach at UCSD about teaching and learning in higher education, The College Classroom, than we can accommodate. This Quarter, we accepted 40 participants. The class meets for one 90-minute class each week.…
My trek from geeky highschool student to
Associate Director at the Center for Teaching Development at the University of California, San Diego has definitely followed the alternative academic career path.
What path will you take? (Image: You choose your path by James Wheeler on flickr CC via Compfight)
When I finished my Ph.D.…
First, a big thanks to Science Borealis for highlighting my blog as today’s #cdnsciblog. I’m flattered to be in their company and happy to contribute.
I write mostly about teaching and learning science at the university level. This blog started as a way for me to archive interesting things I’d seen or done while working in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC.…
[Cross-posted from the UCSD Center for Teaching Development]
I spend a lot of time thinking about how and why peer instruction works and helping instructors improve their technique. The other day, I had an experience that crystallized for me the difference between peer instruction and students merely clicking their clickers.…
“Misconception” is one of those words that makes you slump your shoulders and sigh. It’s not inspiring like “creativity” or “glee.” In fact, in education circles we often resort to “alternate conception” so we’re not starting the conversation at a bad place.…
In math, it’s called the transitive property:
If A=B and B=C, then A=C.
And it jumped off my iPhone screen this morning while I was reading my morning stream of tweets on Twitter.
I spend a lot of time thinking about peer instruction with clickers, like this, this and this, which naturally leads to discussions about “flipping the classroom.” That’s when students do work before class, like reading the text in a guided way or watching videos created of the instructor, where they learn the simple, background material.…
Here’s a graph showing some guy’s position as he’s out for a walk:
This graph shows the position of some guy out for a walk. Can you tell what he’s doing?
Take a moment and describe in your own words what he’s doing.…
One way to achieve effective, evidence-based teaching and learning in higher education is train the next generation of university faculty, today’s graduate students. Then, year after year, a new wave of trained instructors will march into lecture halls around the world until every instructor-thru-professor has a practical and theoretical background in teaching and learning.…
With some software, you can divide the Twitter River into drinkable streams
(Image: River Itchen Weir by neilalderney123 on flickr CC)
For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in #etmooc, a massive open online course (MOOC) about educational technology and media.…