To Reward or Not to Reward and Metacognitive Strategies Discussion

Discussion: To Reward or Not to Reward

For this discussion, begin by reading Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn by Ron Brandt, a commentary by educational philosopher, Alfie Kohn. Kohn has written extensively on the negative impact certain kinds of rewards can have on student motivation and learning. After reading his article, develop a main response in which you:

  • Provide your reactions to his ideas
  • Explain how implementing his ideas would impact students, teachers and the structure of classrooms.
  • Write 3-4 Paragraphs min.

Discussion: Metacognitive Strategies

Metacognition is one’s knowledge and beliefs about one’s own cognitive processes and one’s resulting attempts to regulate those cognitive processes to maximize leaning and memory (Ormrod, 2006).

Metacognition includes:

  • Reflecting on the nature of thinking and learning,
  • Knowing the limits of one’s own learning and memory capabilities,
  • Knowing what learning tasks one can realistically accomplish within a certain time period,
  • Knowing which learning strategies are effective and which are not,
  • Planning a reasonable approach to learning tasks,
  • Using effective strategies to learn and remember new material,
  • Monitoring one’s own knowledge and comprehension – in other words, knowing when information has been successfully learned and when it has not (Ormrod, 2006).

Main Response

  • Briefly describe your own metacognitive strategies (just choose one or two) from the above list or what is in your textbook.
  • Explain how you plan and think about learning.
  • What strategies do you use to help you recall and retain information?
  • Write 3-4 Paragraphs min.

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