So why are metacognitive abilities so important?
Here's a quote taken from a Fact Sheet about metacognition that was shared on our PIDP learning Forum:
"Individuals with well-developed metacognitive skills can think through a problem or approach a learning task, select appropriate strategies, and make decisions about a course of action to resolve the problem or successfully perform the task. They often think about their own thinking processes, taking time to think about and learn from mistakes or inaccuracies (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1995)."
So What's my role as a facilitator?
Encourage them to talk aloud, be critical when they complete a process about how they went about it, what they could do differently and ask questions about why they did it that way.
There are tons of great strategies to help students develop their metacognitive abilities. Check some out here.