Renee Nicole Allen, Florida A&M University College of Law: “Metacognition and the Value of Reflection in Learning”
Renee Allen is a Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law; she presented her talk, “Metacognition and the Value of Reflection in Learning,” at the 2014 Igniting Law Teaching conference with the Simulations, Feedback, & Assessment Pod. In her presentation, Professor Allen explains that strong metacognition (the ability to self-assess skills, knowledge, and learning) is essential for law students in the self-regulated learning environment and is need for both success in law school and the practice of law. Reflective writing skills and doctrinal courses complement formative assessments, improves metacognition, and gives students a compass to guide their learning through the semester.
Renee Allen teaches Introduction to Analytical Skills, a first-year course at Florida A&M University College of Law. She also coaches students in FAMU’s Bar Exam Success Training (“B.E.S.T.”) Program. Prior to joining the faculty at FAMU, she taught Academic Legal Skills at Phoenix School of Law. Her primary research interests are in academic success, metacognition and collaborative teaching. Professor Allen received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, her B.A. from Mercer University, and is licensed in Georgia.
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