Metacognition in STEM Teaching

Metacognition – An accredited course for primary and secondary school teachers.

Metacognition – the fundamentals

Ever thought about how you think? Why do you think the way you think? Why some people are more successful than others in spite of having the same opportunities? What differentiates the top five percent from the rest of the ninety five?

It’s time to go back to the basics. The fundamentals. Metacognition. Thinking about thinking. Taking action to think better. Being in the top 5% of learners.

Excellence is a journey and not a destination!

Using metacognition has been shown to improve pupils’ academic achievement. Metacognition will help your pupils to transfer what they have learnt from one context to another or from a previous task to a new task.

ASTML’s STEM division is now offering this course for all teachers, where it will significantly influence your understanding about metacognition and will help you instil techniques to improve your ability to create an impact in your lessons, by empowering your students with approaches to become an avid learner.

This course is evidence and research-informed and will benefit you in enhancing your understanding of 10 key metacognitive skills and related STEM habits of mind.

You, as a teacher, will use a range of resources to guide and develop your understanding to enrich the opportunities for metacognition or ‘thinking about thinking’ to be regular happenings in your classroom.

You will reflect on your current STEM teaching, identifying where metacognitive skills are already embedded and how to further enhance pupil’s conscious reflect on what they’ve learnt and how they’ve learnt it. By adopting a metacognitive infused way of working, you and your pupils will be more likely to have deeper and more meaningful experiences when developing STEM knowledge and understanding.

Meet Our Course Creators

Bill Lucas

Bill Lucas


Bill Lucas leads the Centre for Real-World Learning, at the University of Winchester. He is a prolific, award-winning writer, and has authored and co-authored over forty books and chapters and many peer-reviewed papers.

Bill’s research focuses on understanding more about the dispositions of successful learners, on how to cultivate creativity in schools and on supporting schools to better support would-be young engineers. His model of engineering habits of mind, developed with colleagues at the University of Winchester, was selected by the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers as one of the big ideas of the decade. When Bill was CEO of the Campaign for Learning he led pioneering early research into metacognition – learning to learn – in schools.

Bill is co-chair of strategic advisory board of PISA 2021 Test of Creative Thinking which draws on his work, chair of Eton’s Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and an adviser to the State of Victoria’s Curriculum and Assessment Authority in Australia.

Lynne Bianchi

Lynne Bianchi


Dr Lynne has over 20 years of experience in curriculum development, innovation and research in primary science and engineering education. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering and Director of Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub, which she founded in 2014 at The University of Manchester. 

Lynne is the author of academic papers, professional books including Beyond the Classroom Boundaries, curriculum sources such as Smart Science and Smart Pickings, which is a children book to inspire scientific questions and investigation. Her work has been recognised through national awards for Great Science Share for Schools and Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge campaigns.

Her interests are science, engineering, school STEM activities, wonder-filled science education, engineering in primary schools. 

What you will get – The Three Gems

All about Metacognition

The key definitions. How metacognition and cognition are different. Why metacognition’s time has come. How will you gain the edge by mastering this course and much more.

Habits of Mind

Ever wondered how scientists, mathematicians, musicians and doctors think? We’ll delve deeper and learn the STEM Habits of Mind.

Signature Pedagogies

How would you teach metacognition to pupils? What is the optimum style of teaching to bring out the best in your pupils?

View Course Curriculum and Sign-up

Click on “Launch Now” and you will be taken to your learning management portal on Thinkific website from where you will be able to view the Course Curriculum and also Sign-up for the Course on Metacognition for Teachers.

What teachers have said

I thought I have taught my students science in a fun way but having done this course it has made me think that there is so much I can do. It has equipped me to tap into the way they think and then it has given me tools and hands-on opportunity to try all these wonderful concepts. I am already changing my lesson plans to be more metacognitive!

I am surprised that in spite of overwhelming evidence in academic research on the importance of metacognition how come this has not yet become mainstream. This course paves the way and bridges that gap by bringing the concepts from the academic realm to real-life teaching. Have been waiting for this for a long time. I can certainly see my students becoming lifelong learners.

Learn this course at my own pace and hence I do not have to leave any thing but I can login any time and go through the interesting modules presented nicely through short effective and simple videos along with in-depth study material that is ready for me to use on my students.