This month's video focuses on improving learning by thinking about learning and was presented by Todd Zakrajsek at TEDxUNC. Each month we link to a carefully selected lecture in order to help educators develop professionally; accompanying each video is a selection of metacognitive questions designed to help you get more from the video.
Using metacognitive reflection questions before and after the videos you show your students is a straightforward way to foster metacognitive reflection. By engaging with the metacognitive questions below you can see for yourself how useful they are in helping to increase learning power!
For each question take a moment to think about the answer. When using this exercise in lessons it is best to use some form of ‘think, pair, share’ approach so that students share their reflections with the group – thus helping to ensure engagement.
Pre-Video Metacognitive Questions…
1. To what extent am I currently in the best state of mind for learning from this video?
2. What information should I be looking/listening out for as I watch the video?
3. In terms of 'what I'm actually doing with my mind' - what is the best way to learn as much as possible from this video?
This Month's CPD Video
Post-Video Metacognitive Questions
1. What were the strengths and weaknesses of my approach to learning from the video?
2. How can I learn more from videos I watch about teaching and pedagogy in the future?
3. What's one thing I'll do differently as a result of this video?
How to Use Metacognitive Questions With Videos in Your Lessons
Using metacognitive question prompts at the start, middle and end of a video or documentary you show students in lessons activates each stage of the self-regulation cycle: planning, monitoring, evaluating and regulating.
We’ve created a simple PowerPoint tool that will facilitate your delivery of metacognitive questions in lessons whenever you use a video: regardless of the school subject or videos topic. It allows you to instantly generate metacognitive questions for each stage of the metacognition process using an integrated menu:
Student are then presented with one of thirty-six slides like the ones depicted below, each contained 3 of 108 questions aiming to trigger metacognitive reflection, awareness and knowledge:
You can download a free sample of the resource here – it’s perfectly easy to use in your lessons and requires no preparation. The demo version contains 6/36 slides (18/108 questions).
The full version contains the complete array of 108 questions and access to all 36 slides: this makes the resource almost infinitely reusable. Furthermore, unlike the demo version, the full version is fully editable so that teachers can add their own metacognitive questions. Click here to download the full version. If you are a membership plan holder please visit the Members Area to download it for free.
All in all, this is a great way to bring metacognition into your lessons: one final benefit to consider is that the young people you work with have a life-time of learning from videos ahead of them – the metacognitive skills you develop in them by using this resource (or simply using your own metacognitive questions in lessons) will serve them for the rest of their lives.