Guidance and help, Ongoing engagement

Cognitive/exam Wrappers for Metacognition

Help students reflect on their exam/assessment performance in order to improve future performance in your course.
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Guidance and help, Ongoing engagement

Cognitive/exam Wrappers for Metacognition

Maha Bali

Maha Bali

Help students reflect on their exam/assessment performance in order to improve future performance in your course.

ACTIVITY PURPOSE

Help students reflect on their exam/assessment performance in order to improve future performance in your course.

USEFUL FOR

  • Promoting metacognitive habits of self-regulation and self-assessment.
  • Making exams and major assessments a fruitful learning experience for students rather than just an evaluation of where they stand.

PREPARATION

Prepare your list of questions to ask students. Get ideas from José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked.

Or adapt sample exam wrappers for different STEM disciplines here from Carnegie Mellon. 

INSTRUCTIONS

After a major assessment or exam, ask students to reflect on their performance based on particular prompts, e.g. when they got something wrong, why did they get it wrong? What were their challenges, etc. After this, students can try to make changes or seek help to help themselves perform better next time.

DURATION

Variable.

ADAPTATIONS AND EXAMPLES

This can be done synchronously in class or for students to do on their own time (preferable). It can be done privately, or shared with the teacher.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

None.

USEFUL RESOURCES

ABOUT

  • Educator prep: None
  • Student prep: None
  • Synchronous, Asynchronous
  • No tech needed, On-screen annotation
  • Duration: Variable

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Cognitive/exam Wrappers for Metacognition
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Synchronousor Asynchronous
No tech needed
Duration: Variable

Activity purpose

Help students reflect on their exam/assessment performance in order to improve future performance in your course.

Useful for

  • Promoting metacognitive habits of self-regulation and self-assessment.
  • Making exams and major assessments a fruitful learning experience for students rather than just an evaluation of where they stand.

Preparation

Prepare your list of questions to ask students. Get ideas from José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked.

Or adapt sample exam wrappers for different STEM disciplines here from Carnegie Mellon. 

Instructions

After a major assessment or exam, ask students to reflect on their performance based on particular prompts, e.g. when they got something wrong, why did they get it wrong? What were their challenges, etc. After this, students can try to make changes or seek help to help themselves perform better next time.

Duration

Variable.

Adaptations and examples

This can be done synchronously in class or for students to do on their own time (preferable). It can be done privately, or shared with the teacher.

Technical requirements

None.

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Guidance and help, Ongoing engagement

Cognitive/exam Wrappers for Metacognition

Guidance and help, Ongoing engagement

Cognitive/exam Wrappers for Metacognition