Boosting Moral, Training and Equipping for a Better Future
TRAINING CAN BE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- How to be positive and change your life
- How to renew your mind according to Rom 12:2 ( Maude was also a speaker on the Mighty Woman’s Conference)
- The seven intelligences linked to the 7 redemptive gifts discussed by Arthur Burke – it will change your life and help propel you into your destiny.
WILL ENABLE YOU TO BE:
- More Intelligent
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METACOGNITIVE CONFERENCE – Learning how to Learn
We take great pleasure in presenting the METACOGNITIVE LEARNING PROCESS 3 DAY CONFERENCE for the educators of Schools. This is a tool for educators to help achieve the challenges of the future with their students. It is also to ensure that they remain in the forefront of their subject matter and that learners will be successful with all their studies, if they apply the Metacognitive Learning Process.
The two dimensions of metacognition will be addressed: Metacognitive knowledge and Metacognitive regulation where the learners will monitor and control their cognitive processes.
The main aim of the conference is to help the students to become independent learners. This Metacognitive Learning Process will help students to monitor their own progress and take control of their learning by applying the 7 scientific steps to their subject matter. It involves reading, thinking, writing, learning and solving problems.
According to Merzenich, practicing a new skill under the right conditions (metacognition) can change hundreds of millions and possibly billions of the connections between the nerve cells in our brain maps.
One of the most exciting facts about the “plastic” brain is that the brain is never quite the same with every new piece of information we learn.
Because Metacognition plays a critical role in successful learning, it is imperative that teachers help learners develop in a metacognitive way.
In 2000, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for demonstrating that, as learning occurs, the connections among nerve cells increase. The scientist behind that discovery, Eric Kandel, also showed that learning can ‘switch on’ genes that change neural structure.
HEREWITH DETAILS REGARDING METACOGNOTIVE CONFERENCE:
LEARNING HOW TO LEARN. HOW ARE THOUGHTS FORMED?
“Children’s developing self-regulatory abilities predict academic outcomes and emotional well-being more powerfully than any other aspect of children’s development…. (Veenan & Spaans 2005) and early reading achievement (McClelland et al, 2013).
With this conference we will aim to:
- To get the learners and teachers to a place where they will take responsibility for themselves, understand others and be respectful towards them.
- That the learners will be reflective and develop their ability to learn with the help of the teachers who will be reflective learners themselves developing their practise.
- That the learners and teachers will be equipped for new and future challenges
- That the learners and teachers will be engaged socially and intellectually, ready to make a difference in their own life and in the lives of others.
- That they will plan and manage their work and performance and evaluate their progress
- Constantly monitor what they are doing and produce appropriate responses
- Realise that learning is social and collective
- Take calculated risks, understanding that we learn from our mistakes
Antonio Damasio said that feelings count: cognition is built on emotional platforms.
A shift needs to take place from proving competence to improving competence and from performance orientation to learning orientation.
Learning about learning is practically viable and educationally important by improving performance.
A culture of learning has a positive effect when relationships with staff are mature, open and honest with mutual respect.
Staff will understand themselves and their own gifting better as well as those of other staff members and the learners that they work with. It incorporates intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, linguistic skills, logical-mathematical skills, visual spatial skill to name a few.
Leadership begins with knowing yourself and developing self-confidence, empathy, communication skills, resilience and resourcefulness. We will endeavour to help teachers to know who they are and what gifts they have.
Emotional competence and maturity will be incorporated in learning. Teachers will teach learners how to take responsibility.
Latest research and scientific evidence will show that hat learners and teachers can be emotionally resilient when setbacks occur and that they will be confident in working and understanding others by sharing ideas. By completing the questionnaire teachers (and learners) will understand themselves and others better.
LEARN HOW TO LEARN
Learning to learn happens with students who have to think hard about learning and it is where understanding takes place.
The aim is to build confidence in teachers in teaching their subject where the learners are actively engaged in the learning process and where the learners will be confident in working with information and ideas that they understand and can apply.
This Metacognitive Learning Process:
- Will help students organise and plan their work.
- Will challenge the thinking of students with questions
- Will help students understand how to structure written responses and present a reasoned argument.
- Mistakes seen as learning opportunities and encouragement from the teacher
- Teachers and students need to review and reflect on important work covered repeatedly and regularly.
- Revision needs to be active until the work is mastered
The biggest effect on pupils’ achievement occur when teachers become learners about their own teaching and when pupils become their own teachers.
This metacognitive learning process involves the following:
- It is incorporated into prior knowledge
- It brings a significant change in the capability to understand the work.
- Deep learning takes place as the two brain halves connect on a deep level, incorporating understanding.
- The knowledge can be transferred to new situations.
- In this metacognitive learning process MONITORING takes place where the learners have to understand what they are reading by taking CONTROL through re-reading and clues if they do not understand.
According to John Hattie, high-impact, evidence-based teaching strategies include:
- Direct Instruction
- Note Taking & Other Study Skills
- Spaced Practice
- Teaching Metacognitive Skills
- Teaching Problem Solving Skills
- Reciprocal Teaching
- Mastery Learning
- Concept Mapping
- Examples (old test and exams to be done)
Reciprocal teaching is a package of strategies that increases a student’s ability to access and understand what they are reading, especially challenging text. It involves four thinking strategies: clarifying, questioning, summarising, and predicting, as well as thinking about thinking strategies (metacognitive instruction). ( Julia Westera)
All these above are included in the learning approach.
This metacognitive Learning process will also:
- Teach students specific strategies to set goals, monitor and evaluate their own learning process
- Teach them that learning goals should be clear
- Show them that knowledge will be presented
- Understanding will take place
- Then application follows
- Wisdom is acquired
That learners will apply understanding to their work, think critically and creatively to overcome barriers and engage with the subject.
- This Metacognitive Learning Process covers the following aspects:
- To teach learners how to use knowledge to understand. Only by understanding can they then apply the knowledge that will lead to wisdom to have breakthrough in learning.
- It helps learners to effectively manage information.
- This Metacognitive Learning Process teaches learners to effectively utilize their
brain’s natural capacity for learning, therefore allowing faster and thorough information by using both sides of the brain.
- Discussing the seven 7 intelligences by Professor Howard Gardner.
The course modules are as follows:
- How the brain works according to the latest research and in relation to learning.
- The concept of the 7 Intelligences and types of thinking in learning.
- To teach learners how to take responsibility for their own learning.
- How to use the 7 metacognitive learning steps :
- Exam preparation
- Understand how to apply metacognition in the learning environment.
- Understand the latest research on the brain and that it has been proven scientifically that thinking and learning can turn our genes on or off, shaping our brain anatomy and behaviour by mobilizing a positive outlook in life.
- Understand the 7 steps of the Metacognitive Learning Process and to develop the brain’s wonderful capacity and ability to exercise those neuronal connections and to get the nerve cells building and communicating fast and effectively.
- Practically apply the 7 steps of the Metacognitive learning approach
- To understand who you are by discussing the 7 Intelligence profiles by Prof Howard Gardner.
To be discussed with leadership.
As reference we make mention that we are a service provider to the Gauteng and Mpumalanga Departments of Education providing many training workshops for teachers, pupils and management. We have also trained all the teachers in Christian Harvest School in Glenvista. We have trained 150 teachers in Kwa-Zulu Natal with excellent feedback from educators that have a 100% pass rate of their learners after implementing the tools and skills that they have learned. In Mpumalanga 62 leadership educational officials went through the training with great success and feedback. Many learners went through the course with excellent results.
We are also a service provider to Bosasa, Engen and the Citizen Newspaper.
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