Metacognition without Tears

Techfest | Tracy Clark

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  • What is metacognition & visible thinking
  • Why is it important
  • How do we nurture a culture of thinking?
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We start with the learning objective in mind-- not the tool first (insert Tracy's soapbox from our time together).
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The tools above + these thinking strategies = a way for students to make their thinking visible regarding the objectives you are working on

Sentence Stems & Visual Synetics

(Insert vocabulary word here) is like ________________ because _____________.

  • Or insert grammar concept, character in a story, book title....or just about anything where you want students to make connections.
  • The visual part comes in where you add a couple pictures for initial analogies to help students with brainstorming...
  • Remember the example we did in our first session? My summer was like __________________ because _______________. Many of you used the pictures I had in the visual synetic to get your ideas flowing, but ultimately came up with your own analogy.

I used to think... But now I think

  • Thinking Routine to show a change or shift in thinking
  • I used to think prefixes were..... but now I think prefixes are.....
  • I used to think (insert vocabulary word--maybe a false cognate?) meant .... now I think it means.... (add a picture)

Word Work + Sketchnotes

  • Vocabulary
  • Analogy
  • Language
  • Homophones
  • Homographs
  • Synonym/Antonym
  • Roots
  • Rhyme

Math Concepts + Sketchnotes

  • Numeracy
  • Perseverance through problem solving
  • Geometry

What makes you say that?

I think ___________ means _________________.

What makes you say that?


Hexagonal Thinking

  • Use to explore themes and connections
  • Root word in middle & create hexagonal thinking map to connect words
  • Prefix/suffix map-see how big map can grow through connecting words
  • Add a sketch (idea + icon = idon) (multimodal)

Photo courtesy of Chris Harte

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