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Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains

Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains

Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains

Metacognitive Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas

  • By: Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers

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ISBN: 9789387925441

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2019

Pages: 152

Size: 6 x 9 Inch

Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


Research suggests that metacognition is key to higher student achievement, but studies of classroom practice indicate that few students are taught to use metacognition and the supporting cognitive strategies that make learning easier. You can teach metacognition to your students, so why wouldn;t you? This book shows you how.

Metacognition is a tool that helps students unlock their brain's amazing power and take control of their learning. Educational researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers have been exploring and using the explicit teaching of metacognition for years, and in this book they share a practical way to teach preK-12 students how to drive their brains by promoting the following practices:

  • Adopt an optimistic outlook toward learning,
  • Set goals,
  • Focus their attention,
  • Monitor their progress, and
  • Engage in practices that enhance cognitive flexibility.

Guiding students to become more metacognitive in their learning is consistent with the Every Student Succeeds Act, which seeks to improve excellence and equity in all schools. With that in mind, Wilson and Conyers explain metacognition and how it also equips students to meet today's rigorous education standards. They present a unique blend of useful metaphors, learning strategies, and instructional tips you can use to teach your students to be the boss of their brains. Sample lessons show these ideas in a variety of classroom settings, and sections on professional practice help you incorporate these tools (and share them with colleagues and parents) so that you are teaching for and with metacognition.


Target Audience:

Useful for Teachers.




Introduction to Metacognition

Chapter 1: The Case for Teaching for and with Metacognition

Chapter 2: Metacognition and the Learning Brain

Chapter 3: Practical Optimism to Improve Motivation and Productivity

Chapter 4: Goal Setting and Planning for Learning

Chapter 5: Selective Attention and Working Memory

Chapter 6: Strategies for Self-Monitoring and Learning with Peers

Chapter 7: Start and Finish Strong with Metacognition



About the Authors

About the Authors:

Donna Wilson, leader of the academic team at BrainSMART and the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention, is an educational and school psychologist and former teacher. Donna is codeveloper of graduate studies in mind, brain, and education science at the master's through doctoral levels and has facilitated professional development with tens of thousands of educators. Some of her current projects include work in partnership with the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence; numerous speaking engagements with educational leaders, teachers, and policymakers across the United States; a countrywide implementation of BrainSMART- Teaching and Learning in Jamaica; and professional development engagements in various locations around the world. Her passion is supporting teachers and administrators by modeling practical strategies grounded in research on how people learn. To bring Donna to your district or state, contact her at View her blog at or connect with her on LinkedIn under Donna Wilson, Ph.D.

Marcus Conyers is a doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster and director of research and development for the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention. He is the founder of BrainSMART and coauthor of 20 books on applying the science of learning. Marcus has led statewide initiatives and worked in 30 countries, reaching more than 100,000 administrators and teachers. He has presented at academic conferences at universities in the United States and Canada, at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Beyond educational audiences, Marcus is committed to sharing practical applications on the benefits of becoming more metacognitive with professionals in business and government organizations. To bring Marcus Conyers to your organization contact him at View his website at, his blog at Innovating Minds, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Both Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers are on the web at You can also find them on Facebook at BrainSMART and follow them on Twitter @BrainSMARTU and Pinterest at BrainSMARTU.


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