Teaching Kids to Think Like Mathematicians


In this article, you will learn:

  • Providing students with questions to foster metacognition helps them expand their thinking, develop metacognitive skills, and become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ownership statements help the student articulate their thinking—their metacognition—out loud. Over time students should be able to use these statements to clarify their conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills.
  • The Questions to Foster Metacognition can be thought of as “what teachers should be saying”—or, more accurately, ideas teachers can use to support students’ metacognition in grade appropriate ways. These questions should be modeled by the teacher and then gradually handed over to the students themselves.