New report on learning points out that some teachers think they need to teach metacognitive approaches in ‘learning to learn’ or ‘thinking skills’ sessions. But the report warns that metacognitive strategies should be taught in conjunction with specific subject content as pupils find it hard to transfer these generic tips to specific tasks. Which is what we’ve been advocating for so long. Fortunately schools are working this out for themselves so we’re gradually seeing ridiculous Y7 programmes such as Learning to Learn , and Thinking Skills being ditched in favour of encapsulating them within history classes-where they belong!
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