​Faculty Colloquium  Wednesday, August 23, 2017
8:30 – 11:45 a.m., Crown Room of the Levine Center

Metacognition and Beyond: What Teachers Can Do to Help Students Become Better Learners

“I have tried many times to think of cognitive tasks that do not involve feelings. So far, I have failed…. Not only is knowing a feeling, getting to knowing is full of feeling.” (Zull, The Art of Changing the Brain, pp. 73)
What do students do when they say that they are “studying”? What cognitive strategies do they employ to prepare for a test or write a paper? What feelings do they bring to the task of learning and how do they manage their emotions as they work through difficulties? And, finally, what can we as teachers do to support them in developing the type of productive mental and emotional habits that will enable them learn more deeply in our subject area?
In this colloquium workshop, we will explore recent research on metacognition and its implications for the classroom. Through a variety of examples, we will examine strategies that have been shown to increase learning in a range of disciplinary contexts. Individually and in small groups, you will then consider how you can adapt select strategies in your own teaching to help your students become more meta-cognitively and -affectively aware and thereby learn more effectively.

Dorothe Bach
Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor of German Languages & Literatures
Born and raised in Germany, Dorothe Bach received a M.A. from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg and a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Virginia. She joined the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia full time in 2002. Dorothe designs, directs, and co-facilitates a variety of educational development programs, including the Ignite Program, the Student-Faculty Partnership Initiative, and the Course Design Institute. In addition, she consults with faculty, graduate students, and departments on teaching and learning and she regularly presents workshops locally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include early and mid-career faculty retention and career satisfaction, course design, learning portfolios, contemplative pedagogy, using social media for learning, transformational learning, and service learning.


Beyond metacognition final PPT slides from Dorothe Bach.pdf