Upon starting this blog, I formulated a working definition for digital literacy. (See https://wordpress.com/post/54145519/160/. ) I have several strands that I believe make a good view of how one ought to think of digital literacy.
I like to revisit the strands in the next few posts.
Today, let’s discuss and use metacognitive strategies.
You remember that metacognition has to do with ” thinking about your thinking.” I also like the way Dr. Donna Wilson at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/metacognition-gift-that-keeps-giving-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers defines metacognition. She writes, ” metacognition, is the ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning.”
I agree with Dr. Bill Jenkins who writes of strategies that can be used to teach children or help them to know when their metacognitive skills are working. (Don’t worry everyone, you don’t have to say “metacognition” to them in all your discussions. We’ll just know we’re doing a good thing.) :-) He includes in his blog post these ideas:
1. Give children clear goals as to what they should accomplish from the start.
2. Ask questions before, during, and after the task so that the child will know the key points that he or should have considered.
3. My personal favorite which he has tagged as a self-monitoring strategy: Teach the child to give a verbal signal such as “aha” when he or she gets the idea or a hmmm, if he or she doesn’t get it.
Now that you’ve read this, I have another question: how can you use metacognitive strategies in everyday activities at home?
Do share your thoughts!