Literacy Session

December 5th, 2014

Learning Goals

  1. To deepen our understanding of curriculum embedded literacy skill building

  2. To develop subject-specific literacy strategies

  3. To determine practical methods for monitoring progress and meeting goals

Minds On! Affinity Mapping Activity

What can we do in each of our respective courses to improve literacy skills of our students?

  • Independently use post-it notes for each separate idea you have to improve student literacy

  • Without speaking, begin to cluster post-its at your table into common/like themes

  • Organize the post-its onto chart paper into their categories(2 min)


Discussion: Discuss your ideas amongst your group members!

Prepare to share with the large group

Building Capactiy

-OSSLT Update


-ESL Book Club

Metacognition: Thinking About Thinking

At A Glance

Learning Goals
  • Teachers will understand what metacognition is and how it improves student learning.
  • Teachers will formulate metacognitive strategies to help improve the literacy skills of their students, and develop a "culture" of metacognition in their classes.
  • Teachers will determine which metacognitive strategies are most important to their subject matter.

Key Questions
  • How can we get students to reflect on what they know and do?
  • How can teachers help improve the reading & writing skills relevant to their curriculum by helping students think about their own learning?

"Metacognition can increase engagement. Metacognition has the potential to empower students to take charge of their own learning and to increase the meaningfulness of students' learning." (Gama, 2007)

What is Metacognition?

Metacognition refers to students taking active control over their thinking processes so that they understand themselves as learners, they understand a given task, and they understand a variety of strategies and how to use them in a variety of situations.

There are two aspects of metacognition:
  1. reflection-thinking about what we know
  2. self-regulation- managing how we go about learning

A Culture of Metacognition in the Classroom is developed by...

  • being "learner centered"- taking into account students' current knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs
  • giving students the opportunity to reflect on their learning
  • using tools for assessment that are based on a clear, co-constructed success criteria
  • challenging students with meaningful activities
  • providing students with immediate, descriptive feedback
  • encouraging revision
  • modeling the reflective process for students
  • allowing for collaboration

Visual Literacy: A Metacognitive Approach

Presented By: Steve Bottos & Christina Sacchetti

Session Activity: Collaborative Inquiry

  1. How are literacy needs directly or indirectly related to your curriculum expectations?
  2. Can you identify (using raw marks, anecdotal evidence, etc.) one of those literacy-related expectations as an area of need for applied level classes in your departments?
  3. Develop 5 specific teaching strategies that use the process of metacognition to address this need.

Questions to ponder as you develop your "Action Plan"

  1. How will you encourage your students' thinking about their thinking?

  2. Does your action plan include ways for students to regulate and monitor their own learning? For example, were students asked to articulate their learning process and what they had learned?

  3. Do students share strategies and solutions with each other?

  4. Do students have opportunities for revision and for self or peer assessment?

  5. What kind of feedback is happening in the classroom?

  6. What kinds of questions do you need students to ask themselves?