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What is Linking?

Is the ability to use connections from past experiences to solve problems faced. Students can use this skill to see big picture concepts and make generalizations.

Why is it important?

Allows students to apply prior learning and break down larger problems with interconnected prior knowledge.

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10 Strategies for the Classroom

General Rules

Think about whether what works in one circumstance is a general rule, would it always work? Can it be applied to other situations?

Look for patterns

Teach students to look for patterns from across different subjects.

Can we see the big picture?

Try starting from a big idea and seeing how smaller pieces of learning can be connected.

Make the most of others

Ask students to collaborate with each other and share prior knowledge, how can this be linked?

What else can we see?

Encourage students to see others perspectives, how can these be applied to their learning?


Encourage students to summarize what they have been learnt, can they see how it fits the bigger picture?


Generalisation: Our students show the ability to see how what is happening in this instance could be extrapolated to other similar situations.



Our students show the ability to see how what is happening in this instance could be extrapolated to other similar situations.

Connection finding:

Our students show the ability to use connections from past experiences to seek possible generalisations.

Big picture thinking:

Our students show the ability to work with big ideas and holistic concepts


Our students show the ability to move from concrete to abstract very quickly.


Our students show the ability to represent a problem and its categorisation in relation to more extensive and interconnected prior knowledge

Seeing alternative perspectives:

Our students show the ability to take on the views of others and deal with complexity and ambiguity


10 Metacognitive Strategies

Ask questions

Ask your students questions that encouragethemto reflect on their own learning processes and strategies. If they are working with others askthem to reflect on the role they play when problem solving in teams.

Foster self-reflection

Emphasize the importance of personal reflection during and after learning experiences. Encourage learners to critically analyse their own assumptions and how thismay have influenced their learning.

Encourage self-questioning

Foster independent learning by asking learners to generate their own questions and answer them to enhance comprehension. The questions can be related to meeting their personal goals.

Teach strategies directly

Teach a particular metacognitive strategy as a part of a topic or for a single week.Then move on to another.

Promote autonomy

When learners have some domain knowledge, create scenarios where they have to problem solve and use their knowledge. They will then be forced to construct their own metacognitive strategies.

Role model and coach

Many people learnbest by interacting with peers who are just slightly more advanced. Promote experiences where novices can observe the proficient use of a skill and then talk to the role model about the metacognitive strategies they used and why.

Solve problems with a team

Cooperative problem solving can enhance metacognitive strategies as students discusspossible approaches with team members and learnfrom each other.

Think aloud

Teach learners how to think aloud and report their thoughts while performing a difficult task. A knowledgeable partner can then point out errors in thinking or the individual can use this approach for increased self-awareness during learning.

Teach it to others

Self-explanation in writing or speaking can help learners improve their comprehension of a difficult subject,or ask them to explain to the group or the class.

Provide opportunities for making errors

When learners are given the opportunity to make errors while in training, such as during simulations, it stimulates reflection on the causes of their errors.

Try the Linking carousel activity in the classroom.



Would this always be the case?

Connection finding

Can you think of another example of when this happened?

Does it always happen?

Can you remember a time before when we did something like this? What was it?

Big picture thinking

Why do you think it is important to know about?

Do you know why xox? leg the sky is blue or how novelists write books etc)


Can you give me a formula for that?


Can you give me some ideas of what that might look like?

Seeing alternative perspectives

Why do you think they think that and we think this?


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