Metacognition refers to awareness of one’s own knowledge—what one does and doesn’t know—and one’s ability to understand, control, and manipulate one’s cognitive processes (Meichenbaum, 1985).
Metacognition….I NEVER use that word with my kids. But that doesn’t mean that the process is not encouraged. In my classroom we talk about strengths and weaknesses, how I expect them to be responsible for their own learning, how I expect for them to be independent and critical readers and thinkers.
During class discussions students are encouraged to expound on their thinking. When they turn and talk, you can hear words like “I think……because…..”. I think that is SO powerful!
We reflect often….what’s working….what’s not working. What will help them become better….stronger.
But for me, they greatest joy is when we are able to have thoughtful discussions about the text. In the beginning – I pushed them. And we fought….LITERALLY. Now, they push each other. They discuss, debate, and develop their skills. It hasn’t been an easy road, but it was well worth it.
I couldn’t be more prouder.
Until the next time,