How do we apply metacognitive strategies to teaching problem solving skills in different curricular areas?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Metacognition strategies that delve into "how we know about what we know" can be employed through the use of learning styles and multiple intelligences.  One distinct way in which instructors can apply metacognitive strategies in teaching problem solving skills is to develop assessments that approach content from different intelligences and learning styles.  This enables students to understand a few elements about metacognition.  The first is that any topic area can be understood through the brain's filter of multiple intelligences.  The brain operates as a "parallel processor" and perceives information through different prisms.  Exploring these prisms can help to reveal metacognitive strategies at work and can also help to solve complex problems in different content areas.

When teachers design assessments in different intelligences that employ different learning styles, metacognitive strategies are applied and these help to teach problem solving skills in different curricular areas.  All areas of instruction can engage in this. Teachers must have a strong background in the employment of different learning styles and multiple intelligences and must also possess strong content knowledge to embrace such a design.  In being able to construct assessments and tasks that enable students to examine intellectual challenges through different intelligences and learning styles, metacognitive strategies are actively applied to understanding.

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