Dr. Rosianna Gray, PhD, from the University of Alabama at Birmimgham led a thoughtful in person and virtual live conversation called "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key" with ROSE members Wednesday, October, 3 2018. Dr. Gray discussed how she helps her introductory students think about their own learning behaviors instead of focusing on just getting good grades. Her insight included telling students to understand material covered in class as though they were needing to teach it and not just taking a test. She also recommends students gradually go through the material in small chunks using variant approaches while self assessing over a longer period of time instead of becoming intimated by large spreads of content. In this way, students can meaningfully engage with the fascinating topics covered in STEM courses and become as passionate as they are smart. In her words "All students are smart. Some just need to adjust their learning behaviors to reach their full potential in class."
Materials from Dr. Gray's Metacognition workshop can be found below: