A lot of schools have jumped on buzz words such as metacognition, mindfulness, mindset etc. There is obviously great merit in all these strategies, however as Carol Dweck has emphasised, in a lot of cases these methods are not always understood by school leaders leading to them not being integrated effectively and sustained. These theories are not fads but in many schools, they don’t give these methods the planning, time and evaluation that is required for success of any strategies that will benefit learning. Schools are looking for a quick fix and so latch on to ‘new, exciting and popular theories’.
Metacognition for example is integral to success of students but this needs to be introduced in a strategic way, training the students, embedding it across the curriculum, giving the students time to develop their thinking and evaluating the success. Schools, be patient. Do your research and choose strategies, methods and theories that you believe in and are willing to invest in.If you only touch the surface, the outcomes will be minimum; embrace your strategy of choice and commit to it.
This ‘in brief…’ article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of UKEdMagazine.Click here to freely read online.
@HDHSenglish Head of English – Essex, UK
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