Calculation? That's the easy stuff. Metacognition is the hard part.
Getting students to take a step back and think about their own thought process is both so challenging and so important. It's the first step to growing their agency as mathematicians - and beginning to make plans and goals about how to get stronger.
This is a set of thought prompts that students can use to reflect about their math process, both in conversation with a group or partner or in their math notebooks in writing. These are organized by possible topics students can reflect about: the actual math content and big ideas about what they've done, themselves as a learner, and the specific strategies they used that day.
This supports students toward meeting the Standards for Mathematical Practice, which state that mathematically proficient students...
- consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem (MP5)
- look closely to discern a pattern or structure (MP7)
- can step back for an overview and shift perspective (MP7)
There are three possible formats included:
- full-page sheets that can be simply printed and used
- a flipbook that divides up the prompts by sections
- cards to be cut out and used on a ring or in a jar, envelope, or bucket to choose one at a time