Let learners take control
Techniques such as metacognition and self-regulation are levers that speed up students’ learning, say Lee Elliot Major and Steve Higgins
Some teachers were baffled by the technical sounding terms “metacognition” and “self-regulation” when we first presented the Teaching and Learning Toolkit seven years ago.
For those who may still be a little hazy on the exact details: metacognition simply means thinking about thinking or consciously directing your own thinking. And self-regulation concerns the way we manage our motivation and our feelings towards learning, persevering towards long-term goals and overcoming immediate distractions.
When properly embedded, these “learning to learn” approaches are powerful levers in the learning ...