Monday, January 13, 2014

Metacognition: Thinking about our Thinking!

Every time I look for a lesson plan, a worksheet, a project... anything... I'm making sure it taps into my students' critical thinking skills. Common Core and the upcoming Smarter Balance assessments make critical thinking skills impossible to ignore. 

I made the anchor chart below to help my students think about their thinking. They know that I'm a tough cookie and expect them to explain their thinking. If a students gives me an answer, it's common for me to answer with:

"Are you sure?"
"Why?"
"Explain..."
"Tell me more"

This makes students very uncomfortable at first, but the more I ask these questions, the better responses I get when students answer a question. Critical thinkers at work!


This anchor chart was inspire by many anchor charts on Pinterest. Check out my inspiration below! Click on the pictures to be taken to these amazing blog posts and resources...

This comes from Just Reed!

This one comes from First Grade Brain Sprinkles

How do you foster metacognition and critical thinking skills?


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