Metacognition: The Key to Teaching

Monday, Mar 25, 2019

Saundra Y. McGuire, internationally recognized educator, author, and lecturer visited the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning on March 26-27, 2019, as part of the Inclusive Teaching at Princeton series, to facilitate workshops for faculty, staff, and students on how we can implement metacognitive and growth mindset oriented changes in our work so that students may be successful.  The ability to think about one’s thinking is known as metacognition.  For a learner, this means having awareness about one's own thought processes and having the power to recognize whether one is understanding the material or just memorizing it.  Some students began practicing metacognitive skills in high school, some students began practicing in University 100, and some have arrived in college never having learned how to learn. However, for all students it is important to adopt a growth mindset and realize that metacognitive skills can be developed over time with practice. 

Dr. McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Teach Students How to Learn.