April Conference 2022
The 2022 April conference focuses on the foundational IWT practice of process writing—writing that invites reflection on one’s own writing, learning, or thinking. Long traditions in educational philosophy, writing studies, and pedagogical research have called attention to the transformative role of metacognitive reflection in learning. Metacognition not only helps learners build awareness of their own learning, but also empowers them to take action by planning and directing their learning. “Upon its intellectual side,” wrote John Dewey, “education consists in the formation of wide-awake, careful, thorough habits of thinking.” Reflective practice can also revolutionize the affective and social dimensions of learning. It helps us to take a step back and examine our own positionality in the work that we do—as students and as educators. Metacognition can be a powerful tool for cultivating critical consciousness, illuminating how race, gender, and socioeconomic status shape our classroom dynamics and our world and helping students to recognize their place within these dynamics.