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Give yourself a good talking to

Studies suggest ‘self-explanation’ can help pupils to reflect and make progress, finds Alex Quigley

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Take a moment to think about the magazine article you read just before this one. Can you explain aloud the main argument of said article? Now, how about going on to explore any questions the article prompted you to consider and how it relates to your teaching practice?

Did doing this feel a little odd? Did you get some baffled looks from your colleagues in the staffroom, or the onlookers sitting opposite you on a busy train?

Well, you aren’t crazy – researchers would label the simple strategy you were just enacting as “self-explanation”. New research finds that this metacognitive strategy to ...

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