This year, I’m very interested in making metacognition a substantial part of the curriculum I’m teaching in physics and computer science. I haven’t found a great way to do this—I have a huge collection of articles in Diigo that I’ve tagged metacognition+curriculum, and my basic approach for now is to send a class an article or excerpts of an article in Canvas and ask them to think about that article. My goal is to sprinkle this curriculum throughout the year, and also to find a way to measure the effect of this work. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, Last Sunday’s New York Times article “Why Flunking Exams is Actually a Good Thing” became a great first subject, since we are getting ready for our very first quiz in class.
Here’s how this looks in Canvas: