Share Teaching Activities

We are creating a collection of teaching materials that highlight the role of metacognition in student learning. From the materials that you provide below, we will create a web page describing your contribution to the Metacognition activity collection (opens in a new window). Please complete all fields. You are encouraged to upload files to accompany your example.

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This form and the file uploads must be completed in a single session. Leaving the page erases the data. You cannot submit a partially completed form and return to it later.

Please note that, after submission, our support staff must do some preparatory work to catalog and post these resources. We hope to make your contributions "live" within one to two weeks of your submission. Thank you in advance for making this contribution!

About You

Your Activity or Assignment

Type of Activity (check all that apply):

Metacognition Components

ContextTo help your colleagues understand when or how they might successfully use your activity with their own students, please provide the following information on context.

Goals of the Activity or AssignmentTo help your colleagues understand the role of this activity or assignment in your course, please provide a statement of the goals that you have for students in the following three areas:


Please provide a short description of your activity or assignment and its outcomes. Be sure to include essential key words or index terms to help users find resources using our search/browse functions. You will find a sample description below.

Sample Description

Reading reflections are designed to encourage students to complete readings before coming to class, to reflect more deeply on the content of the reading, to make personal meaning from the meaning, and to develop their metacognitive skills for lifelong learning. The reflections consist of three questions: (1) What is the main point of the reading?, (2) What information did you find surprising? Why?, and (3) What did you find confusing? Why? Students submit short responses to two of three questions prior to coming to class.


Supporting references and/or URLs

Upload files

We encourage you to upload files with the full activity description or actual assignment, instructor's notes, and a solution set. You may also upload additional supporting materials such as grading rubrics, data files, images, and sample student work. Please be sure that your files are smaller than 20 Mb. We hope that your files will, in fact, be much smaller than this!

Please be sure to assign titles to your documents that clearly identify their contents and purposes. Please note that your files will be uploaded when you submit this form.

Activity Description/Assignment

A single file containing a complete description of the activity or the actual assignment given to students. Please be sure to include a cover page with at least a title, author(s), affiliation, and contact information. We encourage you to provide relevant background information, context, and goals on the same cover sheet.


Instructor's Notes

A single file with additional background information for the instructor. This might include a discussion of the background knowledge and skills needed to complete the activity, lecture notes, instructions on how to run the activity, tips for success, etc.


Solution Set

A single file with the solutions to the activity.



(Optional) If you have an image that is relevant to this activity, such as students performing the activity, a photo of the lab setup, or other topical image, please upload it here. Image files should be less than 5MB.


Supporting Materials

You may upload up to five additional files to accompany your submission. If you have more than five additional files, please combine them (e.g., a .zip archive) for uploading.