February 2018 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Best Practices

Each month, the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team highlights topics of interest to our learning community in the West Campus Concentrate. We hope that you will find the information engaging and beneficial to your work in teaching and learning.

This month, our focus centers on metacognition. 

Ted Talk Video: Got a Wicked Problem? First, Tell Me How You Make Toast — Tom Wujec

The featured Ted Talk video is an oldie … but a goodie. Although this video was featured a few years ago, it provides a comprehensive framing regarding metacognition, because it demonstrates the thought process of making someone’s thoughts and ideas visible.

Our featured Ted Talker, Tom Wujec, is a designer who specializes in how people process and dispense information. His presentation explains a metacognitive process in sharing ideas through collaboration, organization and visualization. Tom shares methods individuals should consider using when making their “ideas visible, tangible and consequential.” Therefore, as educators, what would be the best approach or process for students to collaborate, visualize, organize or reflect on how they “make toast?”

As educators, it is important for us to explicitly model our own thought process on the content or topic we are teaching in class so that our students are able to see what this metacognitive process should look like as it relates to their own thinking. By demonstrating this process, it will help students approach their ideas in a more effective manner. When we use metacognition and teach our students this process, it will make their thinking visible and improve student engagement and learning.

Featured Faculty: Kate Baldridge-Hale, Professor, English for Academic Purposes

Since metacognition is an important strategy to improve student learning, we’re highlighting Kate Baldridge-Hale, professor, English for Academic Purposes, who teaches her students how to analyze their thinking through the use of metacognition. Metacognition can improve students’ learning when they are given an opportunity to think about their own thinking. To view her lesson plan, click here. 

Upcoming Events and Professional Development

Listed below are faculty development courses that can assist you in developing life-long learners in your classroom.

Please register online via the Valencia EDGE. To learn how to register for these Faculty Development opportunities, click here.

For additional faculty development courses, click here.

Featured Active Learning Activity

DrawToast workshops are a great way to get groups to think freshly about mental models. In just three minutes, each person sketches a diagram of how to make toast.

Building a Learning Community

As we continue to embrace the culture of faculty engagement and community, the CTLI team invites you to our next event — Mardi Gras. Please stop by and enjoy the festivities.

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Building 6, Room 327

Electronic Resources/ Tools:

  1.  Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too
  2. Teaching Metacognition to Improve Student Learning 

Professional Development Library Resources (Available in the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation): 

Ritchhart, R., Church, M. & Morrison K. (2011). Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement. John Wiley & Sons. Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley.

Social Media

For more great tools to use in your classroom, follow TeachValencia on Facebook or @TeachValencia on Twitter.

1 Comment

  • Milena Zaleckaite said:

    Your students are lucky to have you as their teacher, and I'm proud you are my colleague!
    You are always ready to help and share wonderful ideas.

    PMTue, 13 Feb 2018 15:03:54 +0000Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:03:54 +0000pm18,3:03 pm

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