I have come to appreciate “meta-cognitive’ thinking. If we are a full participant in our own learning, we cannot but learn something.
I took this idea to my class room. Specifically, my reading classroom. I haven’t taught reading for a long time, so I needed a refresher course. I stumbled upon “clicking, and clunking.” To some, this may be very old, but for me, it was new.
I have a class of mixed – some coming from level 2 to level 3, and some repeating level 3. For the new ones, the material will be new. For the old ones, the material will have already been done, and done poorly. I needed something that was interesting, but easy. Something they could get their head around, but useful.
I put the students into groups after giving a brief explanation of what they were to do. This was after a class in which I had explained clicking and clunking.
To me, this was magic. I had groups actually talking about the reading with understanding. They were helping each other, but not in a bad way – just giving the answers. They were helping their fellow student to understand!
This was a very small group, and they were higher level than before, but it was a 'teaching' moment.