Teaching would be easy if there were clear recipes you could follow every time. The Ingredients for Great Teaching explains why this is impossible and why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Instead of recipes, this book examines the basic ingredients of teaching and learning so you can use them wisely in your own classroom in order to become a better and more effective teacher. Taking an approach that is both evidence-based and practical, author Pedro de Bruyckere explores ten crucial aspects of teaching, the research behind them and why they work like they do, combined with everyday classroom examples describing both good and bad practice. Key topics include: • Teacher subject knowledge • Evaluation and feedback • The importance of practice • Metacognition • Making students think This is essential reading for teachers everywhere.

Metacognition: Teaching Your Pupils and Students How to Learn

Metacognition: Teaching Your Pupils and Students How to Learn

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • What is metacognition and why is it important?
  • How can you work at metacognition with your pupils?
  • How should you not work at metacognition?


Every time I start talking about ‘leaning to learn’ in one of my lessons, you can almost hear my students’ sighs and groans echo around the room. If I ask them why, they all point back to metacognition lessons they had at school. Lessons of which, it seems, the large majority do not have fond memories!

Even so, when Daniel Muijs1 announced at researchED Amsterdam what he saw as the five certainties to emerge from educational effectiveness research, there was one ...

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