What is it really?
A couple of years ago, I took a psychology class and was introduced to this term and was told the definition was "Thinking about thinking". My brain hurt. Thinking about thinking...how much more in-depth can you go with a term?
Since taking that class, metacognition has come up in any of my other psychology classes, as well as all of my classes for my educational technology degree. It's become a part of how I approach my studies, and helps to determine what kind of lesson plan I want to create for students.
awareness or analysis of one's own learning or thinking processes.
It's neat to use metacognition as a base for creating lessons because I am thinking about my own thinking (AKA: learning) as well as thinking about what I want my studentsto think about while they're being taught. I want the content I am teaching to reflect something that I have thought long and hard about, and feel strongly about. I believe that, in doing so, I can ensure that the material I am teaching is valuable, and full of content I find important. Kind of a win-win in my book.
Until next time,