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Metacognition refers to students taking active control over their thinking processes so that they understand themselves as learners, they understand a given task, and they understand a variety of strategies and how to use them in a variety of situations.

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Thinking Metacognitively
Research indicates that metacognition contributes to successful learning, and moves students towards independence, interdependence, and self-efficacy. In this guide you will read about what metacognition means, why to teach it, and how to teach it. Some practical ideas for promoting metacognitive thinking in the classroom are also included.
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Exploring Metacognitive Habits of Mind
This video, produced by Greater Essex County District School Board, highlights teachers of grades 7, 8, and 9 as they explore metacognitive habits of mind with their students. With commentary from Dr. Barrie Bennett teachers, administrators, and professional learning facilitators will enhance their understanding of metacognition "as a powerful approach for promoting a focus on thinking skills in literacy across all disciplines."
What is Metacognition?   MP4
Students Can Know Themselves as Learners   MP4
Students Can Shape Their Own Intelligence through Effort   MP4
Engaging Students in Establishing Targets and Setting Goals   MP4
Students can Become More Metacognitive through Planned Reflection and Dialogue   MP4
Students Can Learn Strategies and Thinking Processes that are Explicitly Taught   MP4