Metacognitively Speaking

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Metacognition is . . .

What is metacognition?
Many dictionaries do not list this word.
Is it a word? Yes!!!

Cognition means thinking and being aware. Meta- is a prefix that means to add more of something to it (like a deeper meaning). So, if cognition means thinking or knowing, then metacognition literally means thinking about thinking and knowing what you know.

Can you know what you don’t know?

Well, do you know how many synapses fire in the brain when you solve a word problem in math? That answers that question. You do know what you don’t know.

Metacognition is knowing and being aware of your own thinking and learning processes. If you know about how you learn best, you can be a better learner. Most of all, you have to understand that learning requires thinking and adding to what you already know. Does that make sense? What do you think?

Some people like to read, but don’t like to take notes. Some people have to take notes. Some people use graphic organizers or concept maps. Some people make outlines. Some people need to draw pictures or make diagrams. Everyone is different and all people learn differently. Knowing how you learn best is the first step to becoming a lifelong learner and a very successful individual.

“Thinking is the soul talking to itself”
– Plato