Metacognitivee questioning: to raise levels of awareness
1. Describe what kind of thinking you did
  • What kind of thinking did you do?
  • What do you call this kind of thinking?
  • Was this kind of thinking .........? (name a kind of thinking)
2. Describe how you did your thinking
  • How did you do this thinking?
  • What did you think about? Why?
  • Did you have a plan (or strategy)?
3. Evaluate your thinking
  • Was your thinking good? Why?
  • Did you have a good plan (or strategy)?
  • How could you improve your thinking next time?

Thinking about thinking, through asking such questions as:
  • 'What kind of thinking were you doing?'
  • 'How did it help you find out/solve the problem?'
  • 'What was special (or mathematical / scientific / historical etc) about your thinking?'

Questions that can help in bridging activities to other elements of the curriculum and to world of everyday experience might include some of the key questions of philosophy, such as:
  • What kind of reasons have we used?
  • Where else might we use this kind of reasoning? (logical questions)
  • Do we know this or believe it? How do we know?
  • What kind of knowledge is this? (epistemological questions)
  • What does this help us to explain or understand?
  • What is there left to explain or understand? (possibly metaphysical questions)
  • How might this help us, or other people? Is it useful? (values/moral/ethical questions)
  • Was there anything interesting , well-designed or beautiful about this? (aesthetic question)
{adapted from Schwartz & Parks (1994)}