About Dr Josephine De Rossi

Dr Josey De Rossi at Wooranna Primary School
Me working in schools – on this occasion with a philosophical text for young people written by YA author Clare Rose Trevelyan

Dr Josey De Rossi: Why do I obsessively focus on metacognition in my teaching?

I set up Fantastic Learning Systems back in 2002 to focus on curriculum content creation, live and online, that would have the most impact on student learning.

Twenty years on, I’ve noticed as a teacher and an author of seven textbooks curriculum design has grown exponentially in the digital age. Tsunami waves of content hit us every day. Let’s not forget how teachers and school leaders are also the producers of education materials, resources, policies and dozens more forms of school communication.

The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the preciousness of human contact as THE reason young people gave when interviewed for attending school. So, if the swirling pool of content that orbit our classrooms is not changing students’ lives, what is the opportunity before us in crafting learning experiences that benefit their social well-being and develops them into independent and resilient learners facing this pandemic and more.

I say it’s metacognition. Metacognition is not a ‘nice to have’ cherry on the cake quality of education. It is not just being clever or academically smart. It is a quality tied to the democratic ethos that calls us to be consciously affirming our own and other peoples’ rights and responsibilities.

As the origins of formal comprehensive education were enlightenment and elucidation, the formation of academies signalled, at least in European cultures, the role of the philosopher-teacher whose love of wisdom was transmitted from learned to learner. Branches of philosophy itself Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of mind testified to the complexity of human thought for millennia. It is also the ubiquitousness of philosophy in all cultures that makes it the basis of our common humanity.

Knowing why, how and what we learn enhances our humanity. For me, that means it’s the best guaranteed for knowing the meaning of achieving a good life.

Metacognition in my teaching practice – projects and lessons learned.

Frameworks, Outcomes & Criteria

Working With Signposts

In 1996, I was a curriculum writer and researcher in the implementation of the Curriculum Framework of Western Australia (1997).[5] Firstly, I worked in the Assessment and Reporting Branch for the Education Department of WA. Then later, I was a district-based Curriculum Improvement Officer to refine and implement WA’s Student Outcome Statements.

Outcomes-based education has its critics, but nonetheless, it has become common classroom practice to set goals through Learning Intentions and Success Criteria based on National and/or State-mandated learning outcomes.

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Critical Thinking and Literacy Projects

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Kim

Data Analyst & Strategist

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Bob

Lead Developer

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