Donna and I were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss our latest book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brain: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, on the BAM Radio Network. We were interviewed by Jusmar Maness, principal of Balfour Elementary School in Asheboro, N.C., as part of the ASCD "Learn, Teach, Lead" Radio Program.
program allowed us to explain the concept of metacognition, defined as
"thinking about your thinking with the goal of improving learning," and
share some practical ways to teach metacognitive strategies in the
classroom. On the program, I described metacognition as "the No. 1
attribute of high-performing students," whereas Donna countered the myth
that learning becomes more difficult as we age. In adulthood, Donna explained, "Life continues to get better as we're able to be
metacognitive, conscious and wise about our learning."
of our discussion centered on the use of the metaphor that we've used
as the title of our book. As I told our host, "We found that
students become very positive about the idea of being
metacognitive—learning to drive their brains and literally wiring their
brains to become more successful in school and in life."
Donna then extended the "drive your brain" metaphor by describing how we use
metacognition as a roadmap in the classroom so that teachers can direct
student learning. I also stressed how the concept of a growth mindset
fits so well with the use of metacognitive strategies. "Growth mindset
is the belief that people can become functionally smarter through effort
and the use of these strategies," she commented.
For additional insights and a description of metacognitive strategies, listen to the entire interview at the BAM Radio Network website.