Few UK educators are more thought provoking than Stephen. Prolific author and speaker – he oozes with ideas and enthusiasm.
In his latest book Thinking About Thinking Stephen explores and explains aspects of metacognition, together with a host of ideas and strategies to use in your own teaching. At each stage the book looks at current academic thinking and research into metacognition and then encourages the reader to try a range of practical activities and questions to ask yourself and your pupils.
The book also addresses memory skills with ideas and techniques for boosting memory through Mnemonics, word and visual association and much more.
In the ‘Study thinking’ section there are some wonderfully innovative lesson ideas, such as active participation with a text to boost recall and ‘Cubing strategy’, where association learning is developed by introducing a random element. Stephen also explores a range of note-taking techniques to help with revision and refreshing their knowledge.
The final section details the idea of ‘self-thinking’ which is the self regulation of metacognition, memory and study skills, and this is aimed at both the student and the teacher to become a better learner.
This book provides a superb introduction into thinking about thinking and explains many of the issues we see in class when we do not step back and examining what and why we do the things we do.
This book will surely get you thinking…