Educator Competencies: Video Examples of ‘Developing Metacognitive Skills”

August 18, 2021

By mastering the twelve foundational competencies, educators can build a solid foundation for continued growth. The competencies are a subset of those outlined in the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments, created to empower a growing number of teachers to implement and scale up a transformation of their classrooms into places of personalized, student-centered learning. While Educator Competencies explores many areas, twelve competencies were flagged as foundational and ‘prerequisite’ to all others, including developing metacognitive skills.

Build Metacognitive Skills

Employ techniques for developing students’ skills of metacognitionself-regulation and perseverance

Teachers who build strong relationships:

  • model the process of thinking
  • communicate the difference between self-regulation (ability to control one’s own focus and effort) and perceived ability (belief in capabilities and limits)
  • develop student’s intrinsic motivation to learn and ability to maintain goals over time
  • help students learn to determine priorities

Learning to set goals from an early age, can help students take responsibility for their own efforts. The elementary teacher featured in this video teaches her class to create attainable goals. This simple strategy, which can be adapted to any grade-level, is an easy first step for educators looking to teach self-regulation and encourage perseverance.

By leaving space in a lesson for authentic curiosity to take hold, teachers can harness students’ intrinsic motivation to enable deeper learning. This science teacher fosters her students’ curiosities by modeling continuous inquiry. Any teacher can use the tips presented here to inspire students to investigate their own questions.

Learn more about this and other competencies, as well as how to transform classrooms into places of personalized, student-centered learning, by interacting with Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments.

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