• Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, June/2016

Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, June/2016

Author(s) Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers
ISBN10 141662211X
ISBN13 9781416622116
Format Paperback
Pages 134
Year Publish 2016 June


Discover how metacognition can make the difference between a student’s success and failure and how you can teach it to preK–12 students. Metacognition is a tool that helps students unlock their brain’s amazing power and take control of their learning. Authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers share a practical way to teach students how to drive their brains by

  1. Adopting an optimistic outlook toward learning
  2. Setting goals
  3. Focusing their attention
  4. Engaging in practices that enhance cognitive flexibility

The authors present useful metaphors, learning strategies, and instructional tips that you can use to teach your students to be the boss of their brains. Sample lessons show these ideas in classroom settings; sections on professional practice help you incorporate these tools so that you are teaching for metacognition as well as with metacognition.

About the Authors:

Donna Wilson, leader of the academic team at BrainSMART and the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention, is an educational and school psychologist and former teacher. Donna is codeveloper of graduate studies in mind, brain, and education science at the master's through doctoral levels and has facilitated professional development with tens of thousands of educators. Some of her current projects include work in partnership with the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, numerous speaking engagements with policy makers and implementers across the United States, and professional development engagements in various locations around the world. Her passion is supporting educators and policy makers with inspiring professional development based on how people learn.

Marcus Conyers is a doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster and director of research and development for the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention. As the coauthor of 20 books on applications of mind, brain, and education science, he has led statewide initiatives and worked in 30 countries, reaching more than 100,000 administrators and teachers. Marcus has presented at academic conferences at universities in the United States and Canada, at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Beyond educational audiences, he is committed to sharing practical applications on the benefits of becoming more metacognitive with professionals in business and government organizations.