Metacognition is one of those terms that many educators often hear mentioned, but don’t really understand what it means and, more importantly, how to implement it in the classroom on a daily bases is a little less understood.

However, exploring how to implement Metacognitive strategies in the classroom is classed as one of the most effective strategies available to teachers in terms of improving outcomes from their students. In fact, John Hattie declared that Metacognition has such a positive impact that the outcomes measured from students show 0.69 improvements in outcomes as a result. A lot of value is given, and further evidence, published by the Education Endowment Foundation (UK based) discovered that implementing metacognitive strategies in schools is one of the most cost-effective strategies that can be implemented that improve educational outcomes for students.

Their report concluded on seven recommendations, which are all easily implemented: